Steven Pfeiffer Column: Children Developing Reflections on Strengths of the Head and Heart

Steven Pfeiffer is a Professor at Florida State University, where he serves as Director of Clinical Training of FSU’s PhD program in combined counseling psychology and school psychology. Prior to his tenure at Florida State, Steven was a Professor at Duke University, where he served as Executive Director of Duke’s Talent Identification Program for gifted students (TIP). Steven obtained his PhD at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1977. He served as an officer and clinical psychologist in the US Naval Reserves, worked as a pediatric psychologist in the Child Development Center at Ochsner Clinic and Medical Foundation in New Orleans, and as Executive Director of the Devereux Institute of Clinical Training and Research in Villanova, PA. He is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, and coauthor of the Devereux Behavior Rating Scales, both published by Pearson Assessment. He co-edited a popular book for parents of young gifted children entitled Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Abilities, published by Prufrock Press, and is Editor of the 2008 Handbook of Giftedness in Children (published by Springer). He recently authored a book for practitioners published by Routledge entitled, Serving the Gifted: Evidence-Based Clinical and Psycho-educational Practice (2012). Steve has authored or coauthored almost 150 journal articles and book chapters. This year, he was Guest Editor for a special issue on giftedness which appears in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (Volume 30, Number 1).  Steven is a licensed and nationally board certified psychologist, and maintains a limited clinical practice where he consults with families and counsels children and youth.

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