Episode 39: Part One - Suicide Among the Gifted and Twice-Exceptional

Is suicidal ideation more prevalent among the gifted population? Do our beliefs about suicide square with statistics? In part one of our series on suicide among gifted and 2e youth, Dr. Tracy Cross joins us to shed some light on a dark subject, and shares his Spiral Model of the Suicidal Mind. This is a series all parents should hear.

About the guest - Dr. Tracy L. Cross 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 a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an Ed.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.S. in Educational Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.S. in Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Cross 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, including 13 years as editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted. He is president emeritus of both NAGC and TAG.

Links of interest - William & Mary, Wikipedia, Understanding Suicidal Behavior of Gifted Students: Theory, Factors, and Cultural Expectations, Suicide Among Gifted Children and Adolescents, CDC suicide statistics.