Rena Subotnik receives Mensa Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 2013 Education Leadership Conference, Mensa President Dave Remine presented Rena Subotnik, PhD, with the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.During this year’s Education Leadership Conference, Rena Subotnik, PhD, associate executive director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (K-12) received the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This annual award is presented in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of intelligence and related subjects. The award honors an exceptional body of work in research, theory or other scholarly work by a living person over a period of not less than 15 years; winners may be educators and/or practitioners in the fields of giftedness, brain function, human intelligence, creativity or intelligence testing. The body of work should have contributed significantly in unique or innovative findings, theoretical constructs, educational approaches or practices, and/or have made exceptional practical application(s) of others’ research. The body of work may be represented by a single highly significant book, a minimum of five publications as primary author in refereed academic journals, a minimum of eight publications as a secondary author in refereed academic journals, significant contributions as a presenter at professional conferences, or any combination thereof.

Subtonik’s accomplishments include the following publications and grants:


  • Horowitz, F. D., Subotnik, R. F., & Matthews, D. (Eds.). (2009). The development of giftedness and talent across the lifespan. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Subotnik, R. F., Jarvin, L., Moga, E., & Sternberg, R. (2003). Wisdom from gatekeepers: Secrets of success in music performance. Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts, 4, 5–9.
  • Subotnik, R. F., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Worrell, F. (2011). Rethinking giftedness and gifted education: A proposed direction forward based on psychological science. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 12, 3–54.
  • Subotnik, R. F., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Worrell, F. (2012). Nurturing the young genius: Renewing our commitment to gifted education is the key to a more innovative, productive and culturally rich society. Scientific American Mind, 23(5), 50–57.
  • Subotnik, R. F., Robinson, A., Callahan, C. M., & Gubbins, E. J. (Eds.). (2012). Malleable minds: Translating insights from psychology and neuroscience to gifted education. Storrs, Conn.: National Research Center on Gifted and Talented.
  • Thompson, B., & Subotnik, R.F. (Eds.). (2010). Methodologies for conducting research on giftedness. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.


  • Principal Investigator, Study of the Impact of Specialized Public High Schools of Science, Mathematics, and Technology, National Science Foundation, 2008–2013. ($1,000,000)
  • Principal Investigator, Catalyst Project for Talent Development in the Sciences and Arts, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, 2007–2010. ($270,000)
  • Principal Investigator, Apex Project for Gifted Adolescents With Financial Need, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2004–2006. ($150,000)