Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education and Director, Center for Gifted Education
Phone: (757) 221-2210
Areas of Expertise: Gifted Education, Psychology of Gifted Students, Suicide, Mental Health, Educational Psychology
Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education and the Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students at William & Mary. He has published more than 150 articles, book chapters, and columns; made more than 300 presentations at conferences; and published ten books. He received the Distinguished Service Award from The Association for the Gifted (TAG) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Early Leader, Early Scholar and Distinguished Scholar Awards from NAGC, and in 2009 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation. He has edited seven journals and is the current editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted. He presently serves as president of TAG and is president emeritus of NAGC.
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ed.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Educational Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. in Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Selected PublicationsCross, T. L. (2017). On the social and emotional lives of gifted children: Factors and issues in their psychological development (5th ed.). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Cross, T. L., & Cross, J. R. (2018). Suicide among gifted children and adolescents, 2nd ed. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Cross, T. L., & Cross, J. R. (2017). Suicide among students with gifts and talents. In S. Pfeiffer, M. Foley-Nicpon & E. Shaunessy-Dedrick (Eds.), American Psychological Association handbook of giftedness and talent, (pp. 601-614). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Cross, T. L., & Cross, J. R. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook for Counselors Serving Students with Gifts and Talents. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Cross, T. L., Gust-Brey, K., & Ball, P. B. (2002). A psychological autopsy of the suicide of an academically gifted student: Researchers' and parents' perspectives. Gifted Child Quarterly, 46, 247-264.
Coleman, L. J., & Cross, T. L. (1988). Is being gifted a social handicap? Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 11, 41-56.