Category: Poster

34 - Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Perfectionism is a trait often associated with gifted children. Students who place unrealistic expectations on themselves by constantly striving to be the best can suffer from anxiety, depression, fear of failure, and damaged self-esteem. Furthermore, the growing emphasis on high-stakes testing places additional pressure on gifted students to perform at higher and higher levels. In this session, presenters share research-based tools and coping strategies to help parents, educators, and counselors support gifted students struggling with perfectionism.

Kelly Margot

Assistant Professor
Grand Valley State University
Royse City, Texas

Kelly is an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University in West Michigan. She has worked with gifted students for over 14 years. She earned her PhD in educational psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include perfectionism, creativity, and the social and emotional development of gifted students.

Rachel U. Mun

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Dr. Rachel U. Mun is Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented concentration). She received her Ph.D. in Education, Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington. Dr. Mun’s research interests are best described as an intersection between gifted education, mental health and immigrant issues. Her research focuses on culturally responsive leadership, social and emotional development, parental influences, decision-making and educational access for special populations of gifted learners using primarily mixed and qualitative methods. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) at the University of Connecticut, conducting research on identifying and serving traditionally underrepresented gifted learners.