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Barbara A. Kerr

University of Kansas
Williamson Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology
Barbara Kerr, PhD, holds an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas and is an American Psychological Association Fellow. She specializes in psychology of creativity; issues of gender, privilege, and talent development; and innovations in counseling and therapy. Her MA from Ohio State University and her PhD 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 was 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; Handbook for 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."