Arianna Merritt, M.Ed.
Educational Consultant specializing in learning, content creation, program development, & digital engagement
Arianna Merritt helps individuals and organizations turn their ideas into action. She develops strategies to help them achieve their goals and motivates them along the way.
Arianna has always been interested in how adults learn which lead her to pursue her undergraduate degree specializing in cognitive psychology. Under the supervision of Dr. Jo-Anne LeFevre, her thesis was titled: Adults’ Use of Procedures in Mental Arithmetic with Multi-Digit Numbers. Her graduate work provided strategic leadership in the design, development, and implementation of school-based bullying prevention programs to assist school administrators, educators, parents and communities in creating healthier schools. While a graduate student, she rowed for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Through her passion for adult learning, she has been an instructional assistant at Camosun College in the psychology department where she taught 500 students a semester in Experimental Psychology (Psyc 110) and Research Methods in Psychology (Psyc 200). She was also the WITS Program Coordinator at the Rock Solid Foundation where she trained 100+ facilitators to run the school-based bullying prevention Program effectively in their communities.
Arianna is the Founder of the award-winning blog, The Self-Discovery Retreat (formerly Arianna's Random Thoughts) which helps enhance individual and organization well-being globally. She is also the author of Stand Tall & Speak From the Heart: How to Find Your Way which provides readers with the tools for developing personal strength and resilience in times of personal and professional transition. In addition, Arianna has interviewed two hundred leaders about how they overcome obstacles and shares their coping strategies on her website.
Due to her blogs success, she is regularly approached by individuals and organizations to help define their digital goals, then develops strategies for digital identity development, content creation and strategic social media communications to elevate the clients’ online presence and build engagement. In addition, she coaches individuals with performance issues of mindset, confidence, team building and relationship skills.
Arianna has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University and an M.Ed. in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has lived in Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria.