Peru State College
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Kelli Gardner, Ph.D.
Kelli Gardner

Contact Information:

Office: TJM 236

Office Phone: (402) 872-2387




Summer 2015 Course Offering:

PSYC 300 049X Contemporary Issues in Psychology (online-summer term)


Fall 2015 Course Offerings:

HP 101 000A Honors Orientation (campus-semester)

PSYC 121 000B Introduction to Psychology (campus-semster)

PSYC 300 000A Contemporary Issues in Psychology (campus-semester)

PSYC 305 000A Social Psychology (campus-semester)

PSYC 495 049A Seminar in Psychology (online-semester)



Kelli (Bendickson) Gardner is a native of Forest City Iowa.  After graduating from Forest City High School in 1996, she attended Iowa State University, where she earned her B.S. in psychology in 2000, her M.S. in psychology in 2003, and completed her PhD in psychology in 2005.  She joined Waldorf College in 2005 to establish the bachelor’s program in psychology, and came to Peru State College in 2009.


During her time at Iowa State University, Dr. Gardner conducted research in two main areas.  First, she studied social support, which involves what people say and do in an effort to help others who are experiencing stressful situations.  Later, she examined relationship satisfaction in long distance romantic relationships from multiple theoretical perspectives.  Dr. Gardner continues to conduct research on long distance relationships and is especially interested in consulting with undergraduate students as they design and conduct their own research projects. 



Despite enjoying research, Dr. Gardner considers herself a teacher first. She has taught a wide variety of classes in psychology and won awards at both Iowa State University and Waldorf College for excellence in teaching.


Kelli Gardner lives in Bellevue, Nebraska with her spouse, Michael and her dog, Jack.