Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Andrea Bonior (that's BONN-yer!) is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor, and writer. She received her B.A. with distinction in psychology from Yale University, with an additional major in American Studies. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at American University, with post-doctoral work at George Washington University, focusing on individual and group psychotherapy for young adults and specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. She currently maintains a private practice and has served on the staff of four university counseling centers, as well as various mental health agencies; additional clinical and research interests include eating disorders, women's issues, alcohol abuse, relationship issues, athletic performance anxiety, life transitions, and grief and loss. Dr. Bonior also has extensive psychoeducational outreach experience in suicide prevention and has been a frequent speaker on mental health issues to campus groups. A musician, she holds a special interest in the performing arts and has served as a psychological consultant to university musical theater departments and even an off-Broadway show.
Dr. Bonior is best known for "Baggage Check," her weekly mental health column in the Washington Post Express, unique among advice columns for its plentiful wit and pop culture references. Frequently cited in other media, her expertise has most recently appeared on NPR, in The New York Times, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Yahoo!, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Glamour.com, Self, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Seventeen, and Voice of America. She blogs for The Huffington Post, is a featured expert on Brooke Burke's ModernMom.com, writes Psychology Today's "Friendship 2.0" blog, and makes regular appearances on Washington, DC's "Let's Talk Live" and in the Washington Post's Celebritology blog, providing a psychological perspective on current events and the world of Hollywood. Her first book, The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends is available from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's. In addition to serving on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University, Dr. Bonior maintains a private practice. She lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband and three children.