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Psychology in Schools and Education
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Phone: (202) 336-5923
Fax: (202) 336-6130

Send all inquiries related to the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education or the Center for Gifted Education Policy to Rena Subotnik or Maie Lee.


Rena F. Subotnik, PhD

Dr. Subotnik began her position as director of the Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education at APA in January 2002. Before she came to APA, she was a professor of education at Hunter College, where she coordinated the secondary education program and served as research and curriculum liaison to the Hunter College laboratory schools (grades PK-12). In 1997-1998, Subotnik was an APA congressional fellow in child policy with then U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Her fellowship assignment involved drafting and promoting legislation related to teacher quality, which led to passage of Title II of the Higher Education Act in 1998. Since the fellowship, Subotnik has been actively involved in the community of scholars and practitioners concerned about federal policy related to teacher education.

Subotnik has been awarded grants from the McDonnell Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, U.S. Department of Education Javits program and the Spencer Foundation.

She is co-author of "Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science" (PDF, 648KB), “The Talent Gap” (Scientific American, August 2014), and "Malleable Minds: Translating Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience to Gifted Education" (National Research Center for Giftedness and Talent, written with Ann Robinson, Carolyn Callahan, and Patricia Johnson). She is also author of "Genius Revisited: High IQ Children Grown Up" (1993, written with Lee Kassan, Alan Wasser, and Ellen Summers) and "A Guide to Incorporating Multiple Methods in Randomized Controlled Trials to Assess Intervention Effects" (PDF, 519KB).

Additional edited books include APA publications, "Methodologies for Conducting Research on Giftedness," "Developing Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span" (2009, written with Frances Horowitz and Dona Matthews), as well as "Optimizing Student Success with the Other Three R's" (2006, written with Robert Sternberg), "The Scientific Basis of Educational Productivity" (2005, with Robert Sternberg), "The International Handbook of Research on Giftedness and Talent" (2nd Edition, 2000, written with Kurt Heller, Franz Monks and Robert Sternberg), "Remarkable Women: Perspectives on Female Talent Development" (1997, written with Karen Arnold and Kathleen Noble), and "Beyond Terman: Contemporary Longitudinal Studies of Giftedness and Talent" (1994, written with Karen Arnold).

Subotnik was the 2002 recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children NAGC Distinguished Scholar award, 2013 Mensa Lifetime Achievement award, and is a 2009 American Educational Research Association fellow.

Program Officer

Geesoo Maie Lee
Phone: (202) 336-5977

Maie is the program officer for the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE). She helps manage projects involving the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, the Coalition for Psychology of Higher Performance, several task forces involved with the application of psychology to teaching and learning, as well as grants. As a member of the CPSE research team, she helped manage and complete a grant project examining the impact of specialized science high schools. Currently, she is working with the same team to look at career trajectories within a subgroup of elite STEM scientists. She also collaborates in other activities within CPSE and the Center for Gifted Education Policy.

Prior to APA, Maie was a research associate in a social psychology lab at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She is currently a graduate student in I/O psychology studying organizational sciences at the George Washington University.