Barbara Alane Kerr

Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology
Primary office:
616 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Barbara Kerr, Ph.D. holds an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas and is an American Psychological Association Fellow. Her M.A. from the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri are both in counseling psychology. Her research has focused on the development of talent, creativity, and optimal states, while training psychologists and counselors to be talent scouts who provide positive, strengths-based services. She founded the Guidance Laboratory for Gifted and Talented at the University of Nebraska; was Associate Director of the Belin-Blank National Center for Gifted and Talented at the University of Iowa; and co-director of the National Science Foundation projects for talented at risk girls at Arizona State University. She is editor of the recent Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development, and author of Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness; A Handbook for Counseling Gifted and Talented; co-author of Smart Boys: Talent, Masculinity, and the Search for Meaning, Counseling Girls and Women and over one hundred articles, chapters, and papers in the area of giftedness, talent, and creativity. She currently directs the Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States (CLEOS) at the University of Kansas, a research through service program that identifies and guides creative adolescents. With Karen Multon, she has co-directed the NSF Project, Milestones and Danger Zones for STEM Women.

Publications

Kerr, B. A (2013). Career development for creatively gifted students -- What parents, teachers, and counselors need to know. In . (Ed.), In K. H. Kim, J. C. Kaufman, J.Baer, and B. Sriramen .(Eds.) Creatively Gifted Students Are Not Like Other Gifted Students: Research, Theory, and Practice. Rotterdam, Netherlands: SensePublishers, (171-186)..

Kerr, B. A, Vuyk, M. A, & Rea, C. (2012). Gendered practices in the education of gifted girls and boys. Psychology in the Schools, 49(7), 647-655.

Kerr, B. A, Multon, K., Syme, M., Fry, N., Kurpius, S., & Hammond, M. (2012). Development of the Distance From Privilege Measures A Tool for Understanding the Persistence of Talented Women in STEM. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(1), 88-102.

Specializations

Optimal human development and positive psychology, counseling of gifted and creative people, gender issues in counseling, spirituality.

Courses

Dept Number Course Name Syllabus
PRE 580 Positive Psychology Syllabus
PRE 740 Counseling and Interviewing Skills Syllabus
PRE 842 Counseling Practicum Syllabus
PRE 875 Multi-Cultural Counseling Syllabus
PRE 948 Advanced Practicum I Syllabus
PRE 998 Seminar In: _____ Syllabus

 

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