Laurie B. Abeel, Associate Professor of Education, earned a Ph.D. (1999) and an M.Ed. (1989) from the University of Virginia in educational psychology – gifted after receiving a B.S. (1984) in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University. She can speak knowledgeably about creative problem solving, creative teaching tools, gifted education, and identification of gifted students. Her writings about gifted education include a chapter that she co-authored for Academic Acceleration of Gifted Children and articles published in the Journal of Educational Psychology. In addition, Dr. Abeel contributed an essay to The Classroom Facilitator: Special Issue Questions (2010). She has presented talks and papers about gifted education, creativity, and student assessment at numerous professional conferences.
Dr. Abeel’s professional experience includes extensive work with gifted and talented students, having taught and coordinated programs for the gifted for nearly 10 years in Charlottesville and Culpeper County schools. She is an expert in student assessment, having worked for a nonprofit research and assessment organization that developed assessments and training materials to measure student achievement growth over time. She also has been trained as a VIEW administrator, which measures creative problem solving style, and she has worked with Dr. Donald Treffinger, one of the developers of the instrument. Her work with Destination ImagiNation