Dr. Rena Subotnik



Gift­ed edu­ca­tion and tal­ent devel­op­ment researcher 


Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Association 
(Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Unit­ed States) 
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Notable Achievement

Invi­ta­tion by the Asso­ci­a­tion for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence to write a syn­the­sis on gift­ed­ness for their high impact jour­nal, Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence in the Pub­lic Inter­est, bring­ing this top­ic to the atten­tion of a broad audi­ence of schol­ars and practitioners 

Words of Support

“Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is impor­tant in at least three ways: 
  • Men­tor­ing serves to social­ize tal­ent­ed young peo­ple into the intel­lec­tu­al and aes­thet­ic val­ues of STEM.
  • Most par­tic­u­lar­ly, men­tor­ing pro­vides guid­ance in the tran­si­tion from school sci­ence to “real” sci­ence where answers are not already known.
  • Final­ly, it is essen­tial to offer men­tor­ing to young peo­ple pas­sion­ate about STEM who are geo­graph­i­cal­ly remote.”


Rena F. Sub­ot­nik PhD is Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Psy­chol­o­gy in Schools and Edu­ca­tion at the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion (APA). One of the Center’s mis­sions is to gen­er­ate pub­lic aware­ness, advo­ca­cy, clin­i­cal appli­ca­tions, and cut­ting-edge research ideas that enhance the achieve­ment and per­for­mance of chil­dren and ado­les­cents with gifts and tal­ents in all domains. She has been sup­port­ed in this work by the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Foun­da­tion, the Asso­ci­a­tion for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence, and the Camille and Hen­ry Drey­fus Foun­da­tion. Before she came to APA in 2001, Dr. Sub­ot­nik was a Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion­al Psy­chol­o­gy at Hunter Col­lege in New York City, and Research Coor­di­na­tor for the Hunter Col­lege Cam­pus Schools (K‑12 lab­o­ra­to­ry school for 1,600 gift­ed chil­dren). Her work (with Paula Olszews­ki-Kubil­ius and Frank Wor­rell) is pub­lished in Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can, Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Mind, Annals of the New York Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­o­gy, Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence in the Pub­lic Inter­est, and the Annu­al Review of Psy­chol­o­gy.