Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D.

Barbara Kerr

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Barbara Kerr, Ph.D., is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ohio State University.

Dr. Kerr is the author of four books: A Handbook for Counseling Gifted and Talented; Smart Girls; Smart Boys; and Letters to the Medicine Man: The Shaping of Spiritual Intelligence. She has written more than 100 articles and papers on the topic of guiding and nurturing talent. Her research ranges from case studies of inventors, artists, writers, and architects to large-scale studies of students who attained the highest scores on the ACT college admissions test.

She is a winner of the NAGC Torrance Award for Contributions to Creativity, an American Psychological Association Fellow, and was named one of the 25 most influential psychologists in the study of giftedness by APA.

Dr. Kerr currently directs the Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States (CLEOS), where creative students learn to navigate the invisible pathways to creative careers, and is co-director of the Lawrence Creates Makerspace, where artists and technologists innovate together.  Previously, she was Associate Director of the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education at the University of Iowa, and she established a guidance center for gifted youth at the University of Nebraska.

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