Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology
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Directory Title: Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology
Primary Emphasis Area: Learning Sciences
Short Bio
2008-present Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology
1982-2008 Professor of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
1980-2008 Founder & Director, Institute for the Gifted & Talented, Texas A&M University
1985 Fall Quarter, Visiting Professor, University of Georgia
1979-1983 Coordinator, Educational Psychology Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University
1976-1982 Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
1972-1976 Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
1971-1972 Educational Psychology Specialist on Research Grant, Texas Southern University
1970-1971 Psychometrist, 9th District Educational Service Center, Cleveland, Georgia
1965-1966 English Teacher, Lake Shore Junior High, Jacksonville, Florida
Area(s) of Emphasis
Ed Psychology Foundations
GT Institute
Research Interests
Creative Thinking Abilities
Gifted and Talented Education
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Osterholm, K. Nash, W.R., and Kritonis, W.A. (2007). Effects of labeling students “learning disabled”: emergent themes in the research literature 1970 through 2000 [electronic version]. National Journal: Focus on Colleges, Universities, and Schools (, 1 (1), 1-11.

2. Fangqi Xu, McDonnell, G., and Nash W. R. (2005). A survey of creativity courses at universities in principal countries. Journal of Creative Behavior 39 (2), 75-88. *

3. Juntune, J., Wycoff, M., Nash, W.R., & Mackay, L. (2003). Purposeful professional development: Planning positive experiences for teachers of the gifted and talented. Gifted Child Today, 26(4).

4. Nash, W.R. (2003). Remembering Ellis Paul Torrance. ACA Focus, September/October.

5. Royer K. and Nash, W.R. (2002). Music education in a performance context. Tempo, 22 no. 4, 9-11. Diss

6. Juntune, J., & Nash, W.R. (1999). Blending a middle school magnet program for gifted students with a regular middle school program. NASSP Bulletin, vol. 83, no. 609.

7. McCallister, C. and Nash, W. R. (1998). From theory to practice: A model program for creatively gifted children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In J.F. Smutny (Ed.) The Young gifted child: Potential & Promise. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Nilah Wright (Fall, 1998), Ph.D.
Esther Miranda (Spring, 1999), Ph.D.
Young Sun Chung (Spring, 2001), Ph.D.
Karen Osterholm (Spring, 2001), Ph.D.
Melinda Wycoff (Spring, 2001), Ph.D.
Karen Wofford Royer (Fall, 2001), Ph.D.
Laura Phillips Mackay (Fall, 2002), Ph.D.
Mary Katherine Hicks (Fall, 2002), Ph.D.
Herbert Maier (Spring, 2004), Ph.D.
Hija Park (Spring, 2004), Ph.D.
Patricia Donnell (Summer, 2004), Ph.D.
Lori Saunders Broughton (Summer, 2004), Ph.D.
Robert Woodward (Summer, 2004), Ph.D.
Tse-Yang Huang (Spring, 2005), Ph.D.
Virginia McDonnell (Spring, 2005), Ph.D.
Marnique McGough (Spring, 2005), Ph.D.
Kyung Sook Lee (Fall, 2005), Ph.D.
Lynette Breedlove (Summer, 2007), Ph.D.
Tiffany Oliphant Jackson (Fall, 2007), Ph.D.
William Wurtz (Summer, 2008), Ph.D.
Amy Casanova (Summer, 2008), Ph.D.
Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(1988-1990). Chair.  American Creativity Assoc Charter Board of Directors

Professional Leadership/Service (State)

(1985-1987). President.  National Association for Gifted Children


(2007). Extraordinary Service Award.  Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development

(1996). President's Award/Outstanding Service.  Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

(1994). Creative Leadership Award.  American Creativity Association

(1988). Continuing Education/Professional.  AFS Distinguished Achievement Award

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