Conceptual Foundations


Introducing The “Gifted Index”: A New WISC-V Composite Score

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 205

A new method of identifying gifted children with the WISC-V is introduced in this session. As theories of intelligence have broadened, measures of IQ have broadened accordingly. IQ tests serve many purposes besides identifying giftedness, including documenting intrapersonal processing weaknesses. These weaknesses can depress the Full Scale IQ (FSIQ), preventing gifted children from qualifying for services. In 37 states and many countries, the FSIQ legally determines qualification for gifted provisions. A newly created Expanded General Ability Index may have utility as a Gifted Index. Research on the new index conducted by the publisher and the Gifted Development Center is discussed.

Linda Silverman

Gifted Development Center

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist. She directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (ISAD), and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center [] and Visual-Spatial Resource [], in Denver, Colorado. She has studied the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults and Giftedness 101.


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Susan E. Raiford

Senior Research Director, Wechsler Team; Assessment & Instruction

Dr. Susan (Susie) Engi Raiford is a senior research director and manager of the Wechsler Team for Pearson in San Antonio, Texas. In her 14 years with Pearson she has served as a lead research director for numerous Wechsler intelligence scales, including the WAIS–IV, WPPSI–IV, WISC–V, WISC–V Integrated, and presently the WAIS 5. She also consults on numerous international adaptations of the scales. She served as an editor for the book WAIS–IV Clinical Use and Interpretation and author for the books Essentials of WPPSI–IV Assessment, Intelligent Testing with the WISC–V, and Essentials of WISC–V Integrated Assessment. She has a part-time private practice as a licensed psychologist and she actively engages in psychological and psychoeducational assessment and consultation, including assessment of children who are gifted and talented. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University, with research interests in cognition and emotion and clinical specialization in child and adolescent assessment and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.


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R. Frank Falk

Director of Research
Institute for the Study of Advanced Development

R. FRANK FALK, Ph.D., serves as Director of Research of The Institute for the Study of Advanced Development. Frank received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota and for many years taught and served as an administrator at both the University of Denver and the University of Akron. He has authored numerous books, monographs, chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered over 75 presentations at professional meetings including the National Association for Gifted Children, Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted, and the World Conference on Gifted. In 2007-2008, he served as statistical consultant to the NAGC Task Force on WISC-IV Extended Norms. His latest publications involve the measurement of overexcitabilities in Dabrowski’s theory: a chapter on cross-cultural studies in S. Mendaglio (Ed.), Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (2008), and a chapter on research and assessment in S. Daniels and M. Piechowski (Eds.), Living with Intensity (2009). He has completed a children’s version of the Overexcitability Questionnaire. He continues his interest in "Partial Least Squares Latent Variable Path Analysis" and Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling.


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