Dr. Matthew C. Makel
Dr. Matthew C. Makel
Gifted Education Research Specialist
Editor, Digest of Gifted Research
As a society, we care deeply about allowing talented people to flourish. Dr. Makel's research examines the nature and development of the abilities, perceptions, and environments of academically talented youth to better understand the factors that lead to the expression of talent. He also seeks to communicate research findings to non-researchers. To this end, he serves as editor of the Digest of Gifted Research, a publication dedicated to providing practical research-based information about raising and educating academically talented youth.
PhD, Educational Psychology, Indiana University
Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology, Cornell University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Duke University
Makel, M. C., Putallaz, M., & Wai, J. (2012). Teach students what they don't know but are ready to learn: A commentary on "Rethinking giftedness and gifted education." Gifted Child Quarterly, 56, 198–201. PDF
Makel, M. C., Lee, S. Y., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Putallaz, M. (2012). Changing the pond, not the fish: Following high ability students across different educational environments. Journal of Educational Psychology. doi:10.1037/a0027558. PDF
Malin, J. & Makel, M. C. (2012). Gender differences in gifted students' advice on solving the world's problems. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 35, 175-187. doi: 10.1177/0162353212440617.
Makel, M. C., Li, Y., Putallaz, M., & Wai, J. (2011). High ability students' time spent outside the classroom. Journal of Advanced Academics, 22, 720-749. doi: 10.1177/1932202X11424880.
Wai, J., Cacchio, M., Putallaz, M., & Makel, M. C. (2010). Sex differences in the right tail of cognitive abilities: A 30-Year examination. Intelligence, 38, 412-423. PDF
Jolly, J., & Makel, M. C. (2010). No Child Left Behind: The inadvertent costs for high-achieving and gifted students. Childhood Education, 87, 35-40.
Makel, M. C. (2009). Student and parent attitudes toward school and giftedness before and after the gifted identification process. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 33(1), 126-142.