Carolyn M. Callahan

Commonwealth Professor of Education

  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1973
  • M.A., University of Connecticut, 1970
  • B.A., University of Connecticut, 1969

Dr. Carolyn M. Callahan holds a Ph.D. in the area of Educational Psychology with an emphasis in gifted education. At the University of Virginia she developed the graduate program in gifted education, the Summer and Saturday Program for gifted students. She has served as Director of the University of Virginia National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented for 18 years. Her research has resulted in publications across a broad range of topics including the areas of program evaluation, the development of performance assessments, and curricular and programming options for highly able students including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.

She has received recognition as Outstanding Faculty Member in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Outstanding Professor of the Curry School of Education, Distinguished Higher Education Alumnae of the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a Past-President of The Association for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children and The Association for the Gifted.

Research Interests

Professor Callahan is interested in the areas of gifted females, assessment and evaluation in gifted education, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs.