Dr. Rena Subotnik



Gift­ed edu­ca­tion and tal­ent devel­op­ment researcher


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

Notable Achievement

Recip­i­ent of the 2013 Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the Men­sa Foundation
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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.”


Dr. Rena Sub­ot­nik is an Amer­i­can researcher and expert in gift­ed edu­ca­tion and tal­ent devel­op­ment. As the direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Psy­chol­o­gy in Schools and Edu­ca­tion at the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion (APA), Dr. Sub­ot­nik exe­cutes the center’s goal of pro­mot­ing the high-qual­i­ty appli­ca­tion of psy­cho­log­i­cal sci­ence to pro­grams and poli­cies for schools and pre-kinder­garten through grade 12 edu­ca­tion. She is also a for­mer pro­fes­sor of edu­ca­tion at Hunter Col­lege in New York City. Dr. Sub­ot­nik has been award­ed sev­er­al pres­ti­gious grants for her research work and has numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions cred­it­ed to her name. In 2013, Dr. Sub­ot­nik was rec­og­nized with the Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the Men­sa Foun­da­tion for her exten­sive con­tri­bu­tions to the needs of high-per­form­ing chil­dren and ado­les­cents. Her research areas include gift­ed edu­ca­tion, tal­ent devel­op­ment, and psy­cho­log­i­cal strength train­ing for youths.