Andrea Bonior Ph.D.

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, keynote speaker, professor, and best-selling author, who is the voice behind the mental health advice column Baggage Check, which includes weekly live online chats on Tuesdays. 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 thirteen years, Dr. Bonior has been best known for "Baggage Check," her weekly mental health column and (now) live chat 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,, Yahoo!, USA Today,, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self, Real Simple, Good HousekeepingWoman'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 debuted in April 2011. Her second book, Psychology: Essential Thinkers, Classic Theories, and How They Inform Your World , a Publisher's Weekly best-seller, was released in September 2016. In addition to serving on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University, Dr. Bonior maintains a private practice.

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