Carla Brigandi, PhD
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Special Education
Carla Brigandi is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at West Virginia University. After teaching middle and secondary school mathematics and gifted education for 15 years, she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include the effects of gifted programming on cognitive and non-cognitive factors of high ability learners, underachievement of gifted learners, and student perceptions of learning environments. Her research studies include qualitative analysis of the effects of participation in Type III Enrichment on the achievement orientation attitudes and behaviors of gifted secondary school students, gifted underachievers’ perceptions of their gifted programming, and societal expectations of classroom teachers. In addition to research, Dr. Brigandi also teaches professional development and presents both nationally and internationally.