Linda Silverman

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist.  She founded and directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiaries, Gifted Development Center (GDC) and Visual-Spatial Resource in Denver, Colorado. In the last 35 years, she has studied over 6,000 children who have been assessed at GDC, the largest data bank on this population. This research enabled the creation of extended norms on the WISC-IV. In 1981, she originated the concept of the “visual-spatial learner” (VSL) and has created methods of identifying and teaching this population. Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and special education from the University of Southern California. For nine years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and gifted education. She has been studying 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 and Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults. Her latest book, Giftedness 101 (New York: Springer, 2013), went into third printing within 6 months of its release. A popular presenter, Linda has keynoted conferences in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, the U.S., and others.

Bobbie Gilman

Bobbie

Barbara (Bobbie) Jackson Gilman, M.S., Associate Director, has worked with Linda Silverman, beginning just after her own sons were tested at the GDC in 1991.  Bobbie has a background in psychology and child development from Duke and Purdue. She consults with parents and educators, plans and interprets assessment to guide educational planning, participates in research using our data on over 6000 gifted children, provides teacher training (e.g., a 3-day retreat for teachers from Edmonton, Alberta), and promotes effective gifted assessment (she has worked with Pearson, Riverside, and Pro Ed to respond to gifted needs in test development).  Her books include the award-winning Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide and Challenging Highly Gifted Learners.  She co-chairs with Dan Peters the National Association for Gifted Children's Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group (SIG), formerly the Assessment Task Force, which researched the WISC-IV and suggested best practices for its use for gifted identification. Bobbie spearheaded the SIG’s work on twice-exceptional issues, including the 2013 “Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional, which provided a basis for NAGC’s Position Statement, “Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment” (2013).

Nancy Miller

Nancy B. Miller, Ph.D., Associate, holds degrees in psychology and sociology and has received advanced training in family processes and children’s psychological adjustment. In 2008, she became Editor for Advanced Development, a journal on adult giftedness. From 2002-2006, she was Executive Officer for Sociologists for Women in Society and taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Akron, including socialization; children, youth and society; and sociology of the family. Her numerous publications focus on emotional development, gender and giftedness, women’s social support and adjustment, and family processes. She has worked with Dr. Silverman for the past 28 years and is committed to fostering children’s social and emotional development at home and at school. She brings a sociological perspective to the assessment of children at the Gifted Development Center.

Ann DeMers

 Ann DeMers

Ann W. DeMers, M.A., N.C.S.P., Associate, holds a Master's degree in Special Education and a state license as well as national certification in School Psychology.  She has recently retired with 31 years of experience in Jefferson County Schools as a special educator, classroom teacher and school psychologist. Ann’s experience includes teaching conflict resolution, anger management and social skills and supporting students with severe emotional disabilities. She has training and experience with students who are Twice Exceptional. Ann has been an examiner at the Gifted Development Center since 2003. When not working with kids and families at the GDC, Ann will often be found volunteering at Ralston House, an advocacy center for children victimized by abuse. Currently the Board President, Ann serves on the Development Committee, and is the Co-Chair of the Pinwheel Project fundraiser. Ann was chosen as one of the Honorees for the 2013 Celebrate Women of Jefferson County Award. 

Connie Tucker

Connie Tucker
Connie C. Tucker, M.S., N.C.S.P., Associate, holds a Master's degree in School Psychology, and a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. She has held state and national certificates in school psychology since 1988. Connie recently retired after working for 20 years in Jefferson County Schools where she conducted psychological assessments to determine learning disabilities or emotional disorders, counseled at-risk children, and consulted with teachers to develop interventions to help children become successful in school.  Connie has assessed gifted children at the Gifted Development Center since 2000.  As the mother of gifted daughters, she has learned through experience the joy of giftedness and the need for advocacy for gifted children.

Vanessa Ewing, Ph.D., Associate

Dr. Vanessa Ewing, Ph.D., Associate, received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Individual Differences in Cognition. Over the last 15 years, she has served as a principal, preschool—middle school teacher, and academic advisor for children. Vanessa designed, coordinated and still serves as a lead instructor for an online Master’s Degree program for teachers at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, leading to licensure in gifted education. Her passions include developing academic and social plans for gifted and twice exceptional students, as well as helping to develop their creativity. Currently, her work with GDC involves assessing applicants for admission to The Hope Academy, an early childhood program for diverse gifted learners. She also teaches psychology and education courses to adult learners. She continues to take graduate courses in gifted education and counseling. When not immersed in the field of giftedness, Vanessa enjoys volunteering, playing with her son, reading, painting, writing, and traveling.