Anita E. Kelly

Anita E. Kelly


Ph.D., University of Florida

B.S., Northwestern University 

  • Clinical

(574) 631-7048

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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I am interested in sincerity and its connection to learning. Data collection for my Science of Honesty project (funded by the John Templeton Foundation, which co-investigators L. Wang and D. Gondoli) ended in 2014. The findings from this project, combined with insights from my methodological work with S. Maxwell, led to a dramatic change in how I approach research and teaching. Rather than viewing induction as a useful complement to deduction, I now see induction as an obstacle to learning because it causes a person to defend claims rather than evaluate them. I teach 3 new seminars on the self-actualizing process, wherein students learn to use deductive methods (i.e., the learning tools Oh; Kelly & Maxwell, 2017, under review) to evaluate their observations. These seminars are founded on the notion that, rather than being defensive, self-actualizing people evaluate whether they (and others) are being sincere and fair in everyday interactions.

Recent Publications

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Kelly, A. E., Maxwell, S. E. (2017). Introducing the Learning Tools Oh, Manuscript under review.

Kelly, A. E. (2010). The Clever Student: A guide to getting the most from your professors. Corby Books.

Kelly, A. E. (in press). Feedback from confidants can be accepted more readily following believable disclosures. In R. Sutton & P. Lang (Eds.), The handbook of criticism, praise, and advice.

Kelly, A. E., & Macready , D. E.* (2009). Why disclosing to a confidant can be so good (or bad) for us. In W. & T. Afifi (Eds.), Uncertainty and information regulation in interpersonal contexts: Theories and applications (pp. 384-402). New York: Routledge.

Cummins, L. F.**, Nador ff, M. N.**, & Kelly, A. E. (2009). Winning and positive affect can lead to reckless gambling. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 287-294.

Kelly, A. E., & Yuan , K. H. (2009). Clients’ secret-keeping and the working alliance in adult outpatient therapy. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46, 193-202.

Rycyna, C. C.**, Champion , C. D.*, & Kelly , A. E. (2009). First impressions after various types of deception: Less favorable following expectancy violation. Basic and Applied Social Psychology , 31, 40-48.

Yip, J. J.*, & Kelly, A. E. (2008). Can emotional disclosure lead to increased self-reported neuroticism? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 761-778.

Kelly, A. E., & Rodriguez, R. R.* (2007). Do therapists disclose more to clients with greater symptomatology? Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44, 470-475. 

Kelly, A. E., & Yip, J. J.* (2006). Is keeping a secret or being a secretive person linked to psychological symptoms? Journal of Personality, 74, 1349-1369.

Kelly, A. E., & Rodriguez, R. R.* (2006). Publicly committing oneself to an identity. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 185-191.