Dr. Carla Brigandi is an associate professor at West Virginia University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Gifted and Special Education. Dr. Brigandi's scholarship is focused on improving educational opportunities for students who have high academic ability, particularly those from traditionally underserved populations. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on a U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Grant to increase the identification of students with advanced academic ability in rural, low SES, and low education communities. Her related interests include evidence-based enrichment practices and teacher professional learning. Previously, she was a high school mathematics teacher and middle and secondary school gifted education program coordinator. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut.