Dr. Matt Makel


Director of Research

Matt Makel's research reflects the value that society places on helping talented people flourish. His content-specific research focuses on how academically talented students are identified and how they experience the world. Additionally, his methodological work explores research methods and emphasizes replicating research findings, preregistering hypotheses, and removing barriers to open science practices. He also seeks to communicate research findings to nonresearchers. To this end, he frequently contributes articles and advice to TIP’s Gifted Today, a publication dedicated to providing practical research-based information about raising and educating academically talented youth. He is also the author of numerous online articles and has co-authored two books to date: Toward a More Perfect Psychology: Improving Trust, Accuracy, and Transparency in Research (with Johnathan Plucker) and From Giftedness to Gifted Education: Reflecting Theory in Practices (with Johnathan Plucker and Anne Rinn).  His work has won him multiple Mensa Awards for Research Excellence as well as the 2017 National Association for Gifted Children Early Scholar Award. Matt holds a PhD in educational psychology from Indiana University, an MA in developmental psychology from Cornell University, and a BA in psychology from Duke University. He currently serves as chair of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Research and Evaluation Network.