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Resources for Professionals

Numerous resources are available today that provide information and advice about gifted education and gifted kids; it can be daunting to select only one or two. We have listed those resources which we have personally found to be useful in living and working with gifted individuals.

"Gifted friendly" service providers understand the unique challenges and issues that gifted individuals often have. These people have had training, experience, expertise and/or an appreciation for working with the gifted. (Many of them are gifted individuals themselves!) Individuals and organizations listed here have either been recommended by gifted individuals and have agreed to be listed, or have voluntarily requested to be listed here.

Gifted Friendly Service Providers


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Timothy Gunn, Psy.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
(909) 989-4055

Dr. Gunn is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, in Orange, California. His primary rotation was on the Oncology floor, with additional specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, and completed rotations in neurology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Gunn has taught doctoral level classes on child therapy, assessment/psychometrics and psychobiology; and has been employed as the associate clinical director of a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopment
clinic that provided giftedness and neuropsychological assessments for children and young adults. He is currently the owner of a group private practice, Gunn Psychological Services, with offices in several cities throughout southern California. Dr. Gunn's group practice provides giftedness evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs). Location: 10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Timothy Gunn, Psy.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
(909) 989-4055

Dr. Gunn is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, in Orange, California. His primary rotation was on the Oncology floor, with additional specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, and completed rotations in neurology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Gunn has taught doctoral level classes on child therapy, assessment/psychometrics and psychobiology; and has been employed as the associate clinical director of a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopment
clinic that provided giftedness and neuropsychological assessments for children and young adults. He is currently the owner of a group private practice, Gunn Psychological Services, with offices in several cities throughout southern California. Dr. Gunn's group practice provides giftedness evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs). Location: 10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Timothy Gunn, Psy.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
(909) 989-4055

Dr. Gunn is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, in Orange, California. His primary rotation was on the Oncology floor, with additional specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, and completed rotations in neurology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Gunn has taught doctoral level classes on child therapy, assessment/psychometrics and psychobiology; and has been employed as the associate clinical director of a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopment
clinic that provided giftedness and neuropsychological assessments for children and young adults. He is currently the owner of a group private practice, Gunn Psychological Services, with offices in several cities throughout southern California. Dr. Gunn's group practice provides giftedness evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs). Location: 10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples

Speakers


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples

Other


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss

Schools


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality