Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D.

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D.

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education and the Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students at William & Mary. Previously he served Ball State University as the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Gifted Studies, the executive director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development, and the Institute for Research on the Psychology of Gifted Students. For 9 years, he served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, which is a residential high school for intellectually gifted adolescents. He has published more than 175 articles, book chapters, and columns, and has published 13 books. Dr. Cross has made more than 300 presentations at conferences. He has edited seven journals, five in the field of gifted studies, including Gifted Child QuarterlyJournal for the Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, and The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education (now called Journal of Advanced Academics). He has been president of the National Association for Gifted Children and The Association for the Gifted. Dr. Cross received the Distinguished Service Award from both The Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association for Gifted Children, the Early Leader and Early Scholar Awards and the Distinguished Scholar Award from NAGC, four Outstanding Research on Intelligence or Intellectual Giftedness awards from The MENSA Education and Research Foundation, the Inaugural Diversity Award from the National Association for Gifted Children Network on Gifted Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation, and the 2020 Palmarium Award.