About Dr. Kenner

Dr. Ellen Kenner is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. from The University of Rhode Island.

She is host of the syndicated radio show, The Rational Basis of Happiness®. In 2018 this show began its 21st year and is heard on many stations coast to coast. She has interviewed many prominent authors and has appeared as a guest on radio and television.

Radio show calls for personal advice are welcome at 877-Dr-Kenner (877-375-3663).

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She and Dr. Edwin Locke are co-authors of The Selfish Path to Romance: How to Love with Passion and Reason.

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Over the years Dr. Kenner has given many workshops at conferences across the United States and in Canada and Bermuda. These include:

  • Courting Success in Romance
  • Skills to Minimize the “Me versus You” Barrier
  • Understanding the Process of “Self-change” and Some Effective Self-help Interventions
  • The Benevolent Universe Premise: How to capture and secure your enthusiasm and your optimism
  • Childhood…as it Should Have Been and Ought to Be
  • Psychological Self-defense: Avoiding the Sanction of the Victim Trap
  • Choosing a Romantic Partner
  • Preserving and Strengthening your Romantic Partnership
  • Bringing out the Heroic in Yourself
  • The Psychological Visibility Principle as Illustrated in the novel Atlas Shrugged
  • Romance: Bringing Love and Sex Together (With co-writer and co-presenter Dr. Edwin A. Locke)

Dr. Kenner has taught psychology courses as an adjunct instructor at The University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. She has extensive experience in the fields of child-parent relationships, marital relationships, family problems, healthy goal-setting, self-improvement, stress management, time management and more. She has served as expert witness for many dysfunctional family and child abuse related cases. Her specialty is exploring how to apply the rational, pro-happiness philosophy of Objectivism to mental health issues. The Providence District of the U.S. Postal Service honored her work and radio show.

She has been married for 45 years and has two grown children. She and Dr. Edwin A. Locke published The Selfish Path to Romance® in early 2011.

View a detailed list of Dr. Ellen’s seminars

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Learn more about Dr. Ellen Kenner including:

  • Radio Talk Show Host
  • Books
  • Media Appearances
  • Articles
  • Court Testimony: Expert Witness
  • Professional Associations
  • Professional Experience
  • Education
  • Non University Coursework & Seminars
  • Teaching Experience
  • Academic Appointment/License
  • Clinical Internship

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