Dr. Jonathan Wai

Jonathan Wai is a research scientist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and an expert on multiple issues surrounding the development of intellectual and creative talent. He earned his doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University where he taught at Peabody College. His research and writing have been highlighted by venues such as the New York Times, Science, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Wired, Forbes, Financial Times, Scientific American, Education Week, and newspapers around the world. His research—focused on the intersection of talent development, intelligence, creativity, and education—has won multiple Mensa Awards for Research Excellence. His popular writing has appeared in many publications—including Psychology Today, Business Insider, Quartz, NPR, Forbes, Inc., TechCrunch, Education Week, and Yahoo!—reaching millions of people. He currently serves on the board of directors of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, writes the blog “Finding the Next Einstein: Why Smart is Relative” for Psychology Today, and contributes to Business Insider and other publications. He lives with his wife, son, dog, and two cats. Follow him on Twitter: @JonathanLWai. A full list of his research publications and writings can be found here: