Tracy Cross

Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education;
Executive Director, Center for Gifted Education

The Center for Gifted Education

The Center for Gifted Education is the best of its kind in the world. For three decades, it has been the global leader in providing award-winning, empirically tested, rigorous materials for gifted students in a wide range of subjects. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children for its quality, the curriculum developed at the Center is used in all 50 states and in more than 15 countries. Each year, the Center helps tens of thousands of high-ability learners reach their full potential. With the arrival of its new leader in 2009, the Center has added psychological research to its mission.

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"For 20 years, I have been on a mission to prevent suicide among gifted youth. I have conducted research to better understand the mind and to help prevent the intense emotional pain that can often precede suicide attempts. Important findings from the student of these highly capable students have led to a new theory that bodes well for saving lives." -Tracy Cross