Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor, and author. 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. Specializing in the treatment of young adults, relationships, and life transitions, Dr. Bonior's additional clinical interests include anxiety disorders, eating disorders, women's issues, alcohol abuse, and grief and loss. 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.
For more than nine years, Dr. Bonior has been 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, on HLN, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Yahoo!, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day and Voice of America. She makes regular television appearances, providing a psychological perspective on current events, lifestyle issues, relationships and pop culture. Her first book, The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's) debuted in April 2011. In addition to serving on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University, Dr. Bonior maintains a private practice.