Rena Subotnik


  • Gifted education
  • Teacher quality

Rena Subotnik is director of the Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association. The Center promotes the high quality application of psychological science to programs and policies for schools and pre-K through grade 12 education. As director, Subotnik has organized a coalition of psychologists who generate papers and teaching modules on the applications of psychology to PreK-12 teaching and learning available for free on the APA website. Her recent publications reflect her scholarship on applications of psychological science to teaching and learning in schools, as well as to gifted education, talent development in specific domains, and psychological strength training for children and youth.  The purpose of these publications is to generate public awareness, advocacy, clinical applications, and cutting-edge research ideas that will enhance achievement and performance of children and adolescents with special gifts and talents in all domains, including the academic disciplines, performing arts, sports and professions.