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GLBTQ and Gifted: Peer Victimization/Bullying, What We Know and Where to Go

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 207 A

This session focuses on peer victimization/bullying in GLBTQ/gifted students. Peer victimization/bullying is a pervasive ongoing problem linked to underachievement, perfectionism, identity issues, concerns for individuation, dropout rates, and peer interactions. While there has been an increase in research and awareness, there is a paucity of empirical studies focusing on peer victimization/bullying in GLBTQ/gifted students, and no systematic, extensive, research agendas have been undertaken. The author proposes one such research agenda, and interaction with the audience will generate new research ideas to form the basis for additional research agendas which may be undertaken by other researchers.

Richard Olenchak

Department Head and Professor
Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University

F. Richard “Rick” Olenchak currently serves as Head of the Department of Educational Studies and Professor of Educational Psychology and Research Methodology at Purdue University. Previously, Rick served as Educational Psychology Department Chair and as Associate Provost for Faculty Development at the University of Houston, and prior to that, he was Chair of Special Education as well as Director of Teacher Education at the University of Alabama. His Ph.D. is in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut in Giftedness and Talent Development. He later completed a post-doctoral internship at a secure medical facility for adolescents. Preceding his work at the university level, he served as both a general education teacher, gifted program teacher, gifted program director, and twice as a school principal.
Having served as President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Rick also has served as President of the International Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP), President of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS), and as a board member of Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).
Publications which he has either authored or co-authored number over 100, including the 2009 award-winning books Social-Emotional Curriculum with Gifted and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, which was named ForeWord magazine’s Psychology Book of the Year in 2005. He is currently at work with the co-authors on a revised edition of Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, as well as on a number of chapters and articles about the social and emotional aspects of giftedness and talent development. Given that his interest in twice-exceptional students serves as a platform for all of his work, Rick is currently pursuing a longitudinal examination of the construct of “hope” and its implications on the holistic development of each student.

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