Professional Advisory Committee

Marianne-KuzujanakisMarianne Kuzujanakis MD, MPH
Chair, Professional Advisory Committee

North Shore, Massachusetts

Marianne Kuzujanakis is a pediatrician with long-standing interests in parent and clinician education. She is a co-founder of the SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative aiming to increase public and healthcare awareness for giftedness, 2e, and medical misdiagnosis. She received her medical training in Memphis, TN (Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the University of Tennessee Medical Center), more recently receiving an AHRQ Pediatric Health Services Research Program fellowship and master of public health degree in Boston, MA (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital). In between, Dr. Kuzujanakis served as a hospitalist, and then as the director of the outpatient department of a children’s teaching hospital. The majority of her medical career has been in primary care practice in Massachusetts, having regularly dedicated a portion of her time as a clinical instructor, both through Harvard Medical School and also as the course director of a local clinician-training program for practicing pediatricians. Presently, Dr. Kuzujanakis is focuses on being the homeschool educator for her gifted teen and being a resource in homeschooling and gifted communities.

Richard Clouse, MD
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Clouse is a family practice physician and Associate Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has practiced medicine in Pennsylvania and Kentucky for nearly 20 years.

Steven E. Curtis, PhD, NCSP, MSCP
Bainbridge Island, Washington 

Dr. Steven Curtis is a licensed child clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. He has worked in a variety of medical, school and university settings for the over 25 years. Dr. Curtis has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children presenting with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and learning difficulties throughout his training and work experience. He completed his doctoral training in professional-scientific psychology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah (a program approved by the American Psychological Association in Clinical Psychology, as well as Counseling and School Psychology). He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant University.

Dr. Curtis is the former Special Education Director at Seattle University and is currently a PsyD Affiliate Paculty in the Psychology Program at Antioch University in Seattle in charge of the child track training. His teaching of psychologists involves giftedness education. He engages in private practice with Lifespan Psychological Services, PS. Dr. Curtis provides psychotherapy and assessment services to children and families. He primarily works with elementary-aged children who are struggling with behavioral and learning difficulties at home or school. He has a particular interest in working with gifted children who have additional challenges with behavior, learning, or socialization (dual exceptionalities). Dr. Curtis is the author of Understanding Your Child’s Puzzling Behavior: A Guide for Parents of Children with Behavioral, Social, and Learning Challenges.

Donna Y. Ford, PhD
Nashville, Tennessee
Donna Y. Ford, PhD is a Distinguished Professor, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and Department of Teaching and Learning. Professor Ford earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Education (educational psychology). She conducts research primarily in gifted education and multicultural/urban education. Specifically, her work focuses on: (1) the achievement gap; (2) recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education; (3) multicultural curriculum and instruction; (4) culturally competent teacher training and development; (5) African-American identity; and (6) African-American family involvement. She consults with school districts, and educational and legal organizations on such topics as gifted education under-representation and Advanced Placement, multicultural/urban education and counseling, and closing the achievement gap. She is the author/co-author of several books that address the above areas of scholarship. Dr. Ford has written over 150 articles and book chapters, and conducted thousands of presentations and workshops in schools, college/universities, and communities. Her work has been honored by many organizations.


Ronald E. Fox, PhD, PsyD
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

Dr. Fox received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina and held faculty positions at UNC and the Ohio State University before becoming the founding Dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is a recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s prestigious Career Contributions to Practice Award, the APA Board of Educational Affairs’ award for Career Contributions to Education, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. He holds an honorary Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology. He recently retired as the Executive Director of THE CONSULTING GROUP, a division of Human Resource Consultants and as a part-time professor in the UNC Department of Psychology. Dr. Fox is a a past-president of the American Psychological Association, and immediate Past Chair of the APA Insurance Trust.  He is on the board of directors of Potomac, an off-shore re-insurance company.

Jean Goerss, MD, MPH
Glendale, Arizona

Dr. Goerss is a Board Certified pediatrician and a co-author of the book Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression and other Disorders. She counsels gifted families and speaks on gifted-related topics such as parenting, early education, psychiatric diagnoses, and school choice.

Jerald Grobman, MD
New York, New York

Dr. Grobman is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, specializing in the psychodynamic and cognitive/behavioral psychotherapy of adolescents and adults. He is a member of the attending staff of the Lenox Hill Hospital ’s department of psychiatry where he is a senior supervisor in the psychology intern and externship training program. For several years, he was the psychiatric consultant to the open heart surgical team at Lenox Hill Hospital. From 1975-1980 he was an associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry of the Tufts University School of Medicine. While there, he was the director of the group psychotherapy training program and was a group therapy training instructor in the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s national training institute. He also developed a full-service community based mental health center and was the psychiatric consultant to the guidance staff of a middle school. Dr. Grobman has published in the fields of community psychiatry,group psychotherapy and consultation/liaison psychiatry. His paper Underachievement in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychiatrist’s View was recently published in the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education Vol.17 #4 summer 2006.

Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Tallahassee, Florida

Steven Pfeiffer is a professor at Florida State University, where he serves as director of Clinical Training. Prior to tenure at FSU, Dr. Pfeiffer was a professor at Duke University, where he served as Executive Director of Duke’s Talent Identification Program for gifted students (TIP). Professor Pfeiffer is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, and coauthor of the Devereux Behavior Rating Scales. He co-edited a popular book for parents of young gifted children titled Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Abilities (Prufrock Press, 2003), and Handbook of Giftedness in Children (Springer, 2008). In addition, he recently authored a book for practitioners, Serving the Gifted: Evidence-Based Clinical and Psycho-educational Practice (Routledge, 2012) and served as guest editor for a special issue on giftedness for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (Volume 30, Number 1, February 2012). Dr. Pfeiffer is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice.

Nancy Robinson, PhD
Seattle, Washington

Nancy M. Robinson is professor emerita of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and former director of what is now known as the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars, established in 1975 by her late husband. The Center is best known for its two pioneering programs of early entrance to college but offers summer and other opportunities as well. Engaged previously in a 30-year career in mental retardation, her research interests in giftedness have focused on marked academic acceleration to college, adjustment issues of gifted children, intellectual assessment, and verbal and mathematical precocity in very young children. She has consulted for more than 25 years with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. She received the 1998 National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Distinguished Scholar Award and the 2007 NAGC Ann Isaacs Founders Memorial Award.

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