Susan G. Assouline, Ph.D., director of the Belin-Blank Center and professor of school psychology at the University of Iowa. She is the co-author of the book, Developing Mathematical Talent, and co-developer of the Iowa Acceleration Scale, a tool designed to guide educators and parents through decisions about grade-skipping students. As a leading expert on the decision-making process for acceleration, she consults on acceleration cases and has conducted numerous workshops on acceleration as well as on the development of mathematical talent and twice-exceptional students. Along with Nicholas Colangelo and Miraca U. M. Gross, Susan co-authored A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students (2004).
Susan Baum, Ph.D., educator, author, consultant, and Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development. In addition, she is co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and Professor Emeritus at the College of New Rochelle. The author of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled, her writing and research cover many areas of education, including differentiated curriculum and instruction, gifted education, gifted learning-disabled students, and gifted underachieving students.
Dan Peters, Ph.D., licensed psychologist in California. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Summit Center, which specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, with special emphasis on gifted, twice-exceptional, and creative individuals. He is also the co-director of Camp Summit for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, a summer day camp in the San Francisco area. In addition, Dan is the co-author, with Susan Daniels, of Raising Creative Kids, and the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears and From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears.
Paul Beljan, Psy.D., ABPdN, licensed pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has completed two post-doctoral fellowship programs, each in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology. Among his professional areas of interest are gifted intelligence, learning disorders, and executive functioning deficit. He is a co-author of Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders and of the recent Large-Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Assessment: An Effort to Move Forward. Other credentials include: Service on the Arizona Governor’s Board of Psychological Examiners, diplomate certification with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a post-doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology.
Kim Busi, M.D., founder of Quad Prep, a preparatory school for 2e students in grades K-12 and Quad Manhattan, a Manhattan after-school and summer program for twice-exceptional children. She received a medical degree from Brown University Medical School and went on to get additional training in pediatrics and psychiatry. For several years, she had a faculty appointment in clinical psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who directs the Gifted Development Center and Visual-Spatial Resource. Over 4,200 children have been assessed at the Gifted Development Center over the last 24 years, many of them twice exceptional. Linda has over 45 years of experience studying the gifted. For nine years she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and education. She founded the Advanced Development Journal and edited Counseling the Gifted and Talented and Giftedness in Adults. Her book, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, focuses on 2e children and adults; and she was invited to write the chapter on "Children with Learning Disabilities," for the Handbook of Gifted Education.
Kathi Kearney, M.A. Ed., educator, writer, lecturer, and founder of the Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children, a national resource and support network for exceptionally gifted children and their families. Currently a teacher of gifted students, Kathi is the past chair of the Conceptual Foundations Division of the National Association for Gifted Children and has contributed to scholarly journal articles on such topics as assessment, the highly gifted child, minority groups in gifted education, and Leta Hollingworth's work on children with IQ scores above 180. She is also a Professional Associate with the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. In the past, Kathi was an instructor in talented and gifted education at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Deirdre Lovecky, Ph.D., clinical psychologist whose specialty is working with gifted children and adolescents, especially those who are highly and exceptionally gifted and those with learning disabilities, AD/HD, Asperger's Syndrome, or other behavioral or mental health disorders. Deirdre is the Director of the Gifted Resource Center of New England, located in Providence, RI. There she offers clinical psychological and educational services in assessment, psychotherapy, curriculum design, school consultation, and teacher in-service. She is the author of the newly released book, Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits.
Joan Franklin Smutny, M.A., educator, author, and founder and director of the Center for Gifted, enrichment programs that meet the unique educational needs of thousands of gifted children in the Chicago area. Joan teaches creative writing to young students at her programs, as well as gifted education courses to graduate students at the university level. She has authored, co-authored and edited many articles and books on gifted education for teachers and parents. Among her books are Stand up for Your Gifted Child and Underserved Gifted Populations. In 2012, she received the E. Paul Torrance Award in Creativity given by NAGC.
Marlo Payne Thurman, M.S., a school psychologist; owner and operator of 2e Consultant Services, a private educational consulting company specializing in meeting the needs of out-of-sync learners; and the parent of two twice-exceptional children. In 1999 she founded Brideun School in Colorado, which offered a program designed exclusively for this “out-of-sync” population. Marlo has published numerous articles and presented extensively on the subject of educating twice-exceptional children and asynchronous learning. In addition, she gives lectures across the country and serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board.
Meredith Warshaw, M.S.S., M.A., special needs Educational advisor, writer, lecturer, and former contributing editor for 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. Meredith works to help families of 2e children better understand their children's needs. She is the creator of the Uniquely Gifted website of information for families with 2e children and the people who work with them. Meredith is co-founder of the GT-Special email list for families with 2e children, and founder of the GT-Spec-Home list for homeschooling 2e families. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including the newsletter of the Association for the Education of Underachieving Students, ADDitude, Life Learning, and the book Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student, edited by Kiesa Kay. She has also spoken at a variety of conferences on giftedness, special needs, and homeschooling.