Professional Advisory Board

Dr. James Delisle


Dr. James (Jim) Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 35 years. Jim retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service there as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots,” volunteering as a 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade teacher in 1991, 1997 and 2006. Jim also taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998-2008 in the Twinsburg, Ohio Public Schools. Currently, Jim works part-time with highly-gifted 9th graders at the Scholars' Academy in Conway, South Carolina. The author of more than 250 articles and 19 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media, such as The New York Times, People Magazine, and on Oprah! Jim's newest book, Dumbing Down America: Reversing the War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds, will be published in 2014. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Greece, China, Oman, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Jim’s wife, Deb, served as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Ohio and was chosen by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, in June, 2012. Their son, Matt, is a special effects editor in San Francisco and the source of many of their stories about raising gifted and creative kids. In his retirement, Jim plans to walk as many beaches as possible and to write children’s picture books where the main characters are based on young people he has taught or counseled during his career. 



Dr. Jean Peterson


Jean Peterson is professor and director of school-counselor preparation at Purdue University. A former classroom and gifted-education teacher and now a licensed mental-health counselor, she has done considerable clinical work with gifted youth and their families. Her extensive research has focused largely on the social and emotional development of high-ability adolescents and the asset-burden paradox of giftedness. Her most recent books are Gifted at Risk: Poetic Profiles; The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens; and Models of Counseling Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

Dr. James Webb


James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl, has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education, and he consults with schools, programs, and individuals about the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented children. In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops to parents and educators of gifted children, and he remains as Chair of SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee.

Dr. Webb is the lead author of Guiding the Gifted Child, which sold more than 125,000 copies, has been translated into several languages, and won the National Media Award of the American Psychological Association as the best book for “significantly contributing to the understanding of the unique, sensitive, emotional needs of exceptional children.” His books Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, and Grandparents’ Guide to Gifted Children have won numerous book awards.  In addition, Dr. Webb has authored more than 70 professional publications, 15 books, three videos, and many research papers for psychology conventions or conferences regarding gifted and talented children.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Webb graduated from Rhodes College and received his doctorate degree from the University of Alabama. Dr. Webb is the parent of six daughters

Dr. Edward Amend


Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, PSC, his private practice in Lexington, Kentucky, with a satellite office in Blue Ash, Ohio, where he focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth and their families. Dr. Amend is licensed to provide psychological services in both Kentucky and Ohio. He has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, as well as in consulting positions with clinics and hospitals.

Dr. Amend provides evaluations and therapy for a variety of special needs populations, including gifted children and adolescents, children with learning disabilities and attention disorders, and twice-exceptional children. He facilitates both child and parent discussion and education groups and offers consultation and training for school personnel. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. He addresses issues including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and other common misdiagnoses, as well as underachievement, perfectionism, educational planning, and social/emotional needs of gifted.

Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Amend graduated with highest honor from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral training at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. James Webb. He completed his internship/residency at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, where he served as chief intern.

Dr. Robert A. Schultz


Robert A. Schultz, Ph.D., Kent State University. Dr. Schultz teaches courses in gifted education, curriculum theory, qualitative research and middle grades philosophy, methods and practice. His work addresses the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals including teacher education, individualization, and program evaluation, design and delivery enhancing opportunities for critical learning engagement in and beyond classrooms. Research interests include underachievement, perfectionism, the phenomenology of gifted individual’s lived experience, visual sociology, teacher education praxis, and interactional discourse analysis including teacher as researcher.

Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.


Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., is Associate Professor and Chair, Dept of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University. She holds two advanced degrees in Gifted Education from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. An active member of the National Association for Gifted Children, currently serving her second term as chair of the NAGC’s Diversity and Equity Committee, Dr. Davis is also a co-editor of the Special Populations Newsletter and writes a column for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential focusing on special populations of gifted learners.

Recently, Dr. Davis became a board member with Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. As an educational consultant, she has provided extensive services to school districts and presented at conferences in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa.

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