Nebraska Authors

Barbara Kerr

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE


Education; Gifted Students


Graduated from an all-gifted high school in South St. Louis
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Ohio State University
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri


Counseling Psychologist
Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology
Founder of the Guidance Laboratory for Gifted and Talented at the University of Nebraska
Associate Director of the Belin-Blank National Center for Gifted and Talented at the University of Iowa
Co-director of the National Science Foundation projects
Director of the Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States (CLEOS)
Co-directed the NSF Project, Milestones and Danger Zones for STEM Women

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Kansas
Arizona State University


American Psychological Association Fellow
Esther Katz Rosen Award for Research on Gifted Children, American Psychological Association
School of Education Service Award, KU SOE, 2016 - 2017
Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for Education Book, National Independent Booksellers' Association, 2015 - 2016
E. Paul Torrance Award for Creativity Research, National Association for Gifted Children, 2013 - 2014


Director of the Country's only counseling program aimed at helping gifted women
Assistant professor of educational psychology and social foundations
Director of the gifted children's programs at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln


A Handbook for Counseling the Gifted and Talented. 1991.
Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness. 2014.
Smart Boys: Talent, Masculinity, and the Search for Meaning, Counseling Girls and Women. 2001.
Emotional Intelligence for a Compassionate World: Workbook for Enhancing Emotional Intelligence Skills. 2017.

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