Dr. Maureen Neihart is a licensed (US) clinical child psychologist with 30 years’ experience working with children with special needs and their families. She has worked as a secondary teacher, school counselor, gifted program coordinator, and clinical and consulting psychologist. She is currently an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Psychological Studies.
Dr. Neihart is a frequent conference speaker and has presented approximately 300 papers, workshops, and keynotes at state, national, and international conferences. She has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 1990 and is a former member of the board of directors for the National Association for Gifted Children. She serves on the editorial review boards of 3 journals in gifted education and writes a regular column for a national teaching magazine in the US. Her research interests include the social and emotional development of gifted children, home and school-based psychological interventions for children at-risk, resilience, and the psychology of high performance. Her latest book is Teaching gifted children with autism spectrum disorders, from Prufrock Press.
Dr. Neihart is originally from Montana. She and her husband were therapeutic foster parents there for ten years, working with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescent boys in their home. Dr. Neihart now fantasizes about living a literary life. Her one act comedy, The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer, was produced and filmed for local US television in 2000.