Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.

Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.

Tamra Stambaugh is a research assistant professor of special education and director of Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) at Vanderbilt University. She holds a Ph.D. in education policy, planning, and leadership with an emphasis on gifted education and instructional supervision. Since 1991, she has taught gifted students of varying grade levels, evaluated district gifted programs around the country, trained countless educators in research-based best practices for gifted students, and contributed significant findings to the field of gifted education and talent development as principal and co-principal investigator or manager of a variety of research grants. She is the co-author of Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska) and Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students (with Kim Chandler). She is also the co-editor of Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students, the Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program (both with Joyce VanTassel-Baska) and Leading Change in Gifted Education (with Bronwyn MacFarlane). Stambaugh has also authored or coauthored journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics focusing on curriculum, instruction, teacher change, and leadership.

In her role as director of Vanderbilt PTY, she directs day and residential talent-develop programs for gifted students in grades kindergarten through high school including the supervision of a staff of five full-time persons, approximately 50 part-time faculty members, graduate students and teaching assistants, and more than 1,000 students per year. She also designs and leads research projects, provides professional development opportunities for teachers, and consults about gifted education with educators, parents, and community members. Her current research interests include the impact of accelerated curriculum on student achievement and teacher effectiveness and talent development factors, especially for students of poverty.

Stambaugh currently serves as a member of the National Association for Gifted Children professional standards committee and the publication committee. She is the recipient of several awards including the Margaret The Lady Thatcher Medallion for scholarship, service, and character from The College of William and Mary School of Education. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt, she was director of grants and special projects at The College of William and Mary's Center for Gifted Education where she also received her Ph.D.

She lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband Tim, a pediatric counselor and researcher of the social and emotional needs of gifted learners.

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