Ivan Kelly

    Dr. Ivan Kelly


    Research areas

    conceptual issues in psychology, quality of life, and science; statistical methods in research (metaanalysis, probability models, linear and logistic models,
    hidden markov models, and time-series analysis); empirical philosophy and critical thinking; and analyzing data from complex social surveys on health and educational issues

    Curriculum Vitae

    IVAN W. KELLY, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

    Dr. Kelly taught in central and northern Alberta before coming to the University of Saskatchewan. He also spent eight summers teaching research methods, statistics and probability to academically gifted middle and high school students in the United States. He presently teaches courses in development and learning theory in the Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education. His many academic publications cover a wide range of topics in science, philosophy, and mathematics. Publications in philosophy journals are written from an analytic perspective and primarily cover issues in philosophy of science and critical thinking. Research publications have primarily focused on the use of quantitative methodology on a variety of psychological, sociological and health topics ----- utilizing meta-analyses, factor analysis, cluster analysis, Markov probability models, binomial and logistic regression, and log-linear analyses. His more theoretically oriented science publications have focused on demarcating science from pseudo-scientific claims, along with a conceptual and empirical critique of poorly articulated theories that have popular support.

    He is an interdisciplinary scholar and has published over 100 articles, reviews, and book chapters on a variety of topics including eating disorders, probability theory, science and mathematics education, philosophy of science, geophysical variables and behavior, body image, critical thinking, biases in human reasoning, personality, reading education, Jean Piaget's developmental theory, factors that contribute to people saying they have meaningful lives, the experiences of crisis line volunteers, psychological distress in adults, Canadian prescription drug usage, and more recently, issues in health psychology and quality of life. 

    Some of these articles have been translated into other languages including Danish and Spanish. His articles have appeared in journals across diverse areas such as Psychological Bulletin, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Personality and Individual Differences, The Mathematics Teacher, The Science Teacher, Mercury (magazine of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific), International Journal of Learning Disabilities, Teaching Statistics, Review Journal of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Psychology, Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, The Statistician, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management, Dialogue (Canadian Philosophical Review), American Journal of Men’s Health, Psychology, and so on. 

    Professor Kelly has long entries in five encyclopedias and academic dictionaries, including the Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (Academic Press, 2012), the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research (forthcoming 2013), and a chapter in a university level philosophy of science textbook. His research has been described in popular media such as Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, Discover, National Geographic (Online), Scientific American, The Guardian (UK), The New York Times, The Telegraph (UK), an editorial with The Globe and Mail, and in a number of television documentaries (Discovery Channel) and on ABC's 20/20. 
    He has collaborated on interdisciplinary research projects with many scholars, both locally (in University of Saskatchewan departments in the Colleges of  Education and Medicine, and departments of both Philosophy and Mathematics), nationally, and internationally with scholars from a number of countries (including England, Scotland, Holland, Finland, U.S.A., Germany, Australia, and Belgium).