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Steven Pfeiffer is a Professor at Florida State University in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems and has been at Florida State for 16 years. For 11 years, he served as Director of Clinical Training of the APA-accredited program in combined counseling and school psychology.
Prior to his tenure at FSU, Dr. Pfeiffer was a Professor at Duke University and Executive Director of Duke’s gifted program, TIP. He also served as Executive Director of Devereux’s Institute of Clinical Training & Research, in Villanova, PA, where he held faculty appointments at the University of Penn in Medicine and in the School of Education.
Dr. Pfeiffer has worked as a Pediatric Psychologist in a medical center in New Orleans and served as a Clinical Psychologist in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps. He has an active part-time clinical practice and consults internationally on topics related to the social-emotional needs of gifted students. Author of almost 200 articles and book chapters, he is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, published by Pearson. Among his most recent books, he authored, Serving the Gifted (2013; Routledge) and Essentials of Gifted Assessment (Wiley; 2015). He is Editor-in-Chief of the APA Handbook on Giftedness and Talent (2017), Springer’s Handbook of Giftedness in Children (2018, Second Edition), and The Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted: What do we Know?, co-edited with Tracy Cross and Maureen Neihart (2015; Prufrock Press).
Dr. Pfeiffer has testified at the White House and before the Italian Parliament on behalf of the unmet needs of the gifted. Eminent scholar Alan Kaufman of Yale Child Study considers Dr. Pfeiffer, “Among the small group of the world’s leading experts in the (gifted) field…” In 2018-2019, he was voted as President-elect of the American Academy of School Psychology. His website is at: https://steven-pfeiffer-psychology.com.