Hello! My name is Anita E. Kelly, and I’m a Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. I’ve authored the books,  The Clever Student: A Guide to Getting the Most from Your Professors and The Psychology of Secrets. I have also written a number of scientific articles on secrecy, self-presentation, and self-concept change.  My research looks at how self-disclosure can help people improve their physical and mental health.


          I received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida. I became a licensed psychotherapist in 1993 while serving as an assistant professor at Iowa State University. I have been at Notre Dame since 1994 and became a Kaneb Teaching Fellow in 2008.


          Through hosting this blog, I hope to help students use their social intelligence to get the most out of their professors, including getting very good grades and amazing letters of recommendation. At the very least, I hope this blog will help students feel better about confusing or upsetting interactions with their professors.


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