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Barbara Alane Kerr University of Kansas, USA

Barbara Kerr, Ph.D., is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas.  Educated at the University of Missouri and Ohio State University, she has served on faculties of the Universities of Nebraska and Iowa and Arizona State University.  Her research is on the development of giftedness and creativity.  She has written five books in this area, including:  Smart Girls (1985, 1997); Smart Boys (2001); A Handbook for Counseling Gifted & Talented (1991, 2003); and Counseling Girls & Women: Volume 1, Talent, Risk & Resiliency and Volume 2, Talent Development (2005).  She has authored over 100 articles and scholarly papers in the area of giftedness, creativity, and talent development and has won the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for Research through Service and the American Psychological Foundation's Esther Katz Rosen Award for Research in Gifted Education.  She has been on the editorial boards of the leading journals in her field and served as the Associate Director of the Belen Blank National Center for Gifted Education.