Anita E. Kelly Ph.D.

Anita E. Kelly, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She is author of the books, The Clever Student: A Guide to Getting the Most from Your Professor and The Psychology of Secrets, and has written a number of scientific articles on secrecy, self-presentation, and self-concept change. Her work on secrecy has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Glamour and Health magazines. Professor Kelly became a licensed psychotherapist in 1993 while serving as an assistant professor at Iowa State University, where she was awarded Outstanding Faculty Member for teaching. Anita Kelly has taught at Notre Dame since 1994 and became a Kaneb Teaching Fellow in 2008. Her Clever Student paperback book is must-have reading for any student headed for college. See the Corby Publishing link to the right.

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Insight offers new ways of looking at widely accepted empirically-based claims, as well as describes new findings and divergent ways of interpreting them. As a scientist, Professor Kelly seeks to understand truths. She sees the addressing of alternative plausible explanations for a given set of results as fundamental to efforts to approximate the truth. When she discovers a compelling alternative explanation to the one published, she posts here to allow the reader to weight the different viewpoints.


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