Susan G. Assouline, Ph.D.

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Susan G. Assouline is the director of the UI Belin-Blank Center and a professor of school psychology at The University of Iowa.  She received her B. S. in general science with a teaching endorsement, her Ed.S. in School Psychology, and her Ph.D. in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, all from The University of Iowa.  Upon completion of her doctorate, she was awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) at Johns Hopkins University and subsequently joined the Belin-Blank Center in 1990.  She is especially interested in academically talented elementary students and is co-author  (with Ann Shoplik) of both editions of Developing Math (2005, 2011).  As well, she is co-developer of The Iowa Acceleration Scale (2009), a tool designed to guide educators and parents through decisions about accelerating students.  In 2004, she co-authored, with Nicholas Colangelo and Miraca U. M. Gross, A Nation Deceived:  How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students. Dr. Assouline has served on the editorial board of Gifted Child Quarterly.  She has conducted numerous workshops for parents and teachers on acceleration, development of mathematical talent, and twice-exceptional students (gifted/ students with a disability).    In 2005, she received the University of Iowa Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award.  In 2007 and 2010 she received the Mensa Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research.



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