The dedicated and talented faculty at Bridges Graduate School is comprised of scholars, authors, experienced teachers, researchers and others with a respected international reputation in cognitive diversity.

Lois Baldwin

Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University
Current Affiliation: Educational consultant

Lois Baldwin, Ed.D., is currently an educational consultant specializing in the areas of twice exceptional, cognitive diversity, and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). She has been both a teacher of twice-exceptional students and the administrator of the Gifted Special Education Program operated by the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), one of the first programs in the country serving students who were gifted with learning and emotional needs. She has assisted teachers and staff with curriculum development, student issues, transition planning, assessment, and professional development. She co-founded the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS) and is currently serving as president. Dr. Baldwin has taught courses on giftedness and twice exceptionality at Manhattanville College, Pace University, College of New Rochelle, and Regis University. She has been a consultant and speaker at numerous national conferences and symposiums. She was a consultant with the Colorado Department of Education Twice-Exceptional Project, where she helped design online courses, workshops, training modules, manuals, and materials for educators throughout the state. In addition, Lois has published numerous professional articles on the subject of twice-exceptional individuals, as well as Response to Intervention and MTSS: (Gifted Child Today, Summer 2009 and October 2015 and Teaching Exceptional Children, March/April 2015) and chapters for books Introduction to Gifted Education (2018), Supporting and Educating Twice-Exceptional Children (2018), and RtI for Gifted Students (2011). She has also served as the chair of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Twice-Exceptional Special Interest Group (SIG) and has been the co-facilitator for the 2e Community of Practice (CoP) action groups.

Areas of Expertise: Twice-Exceptional Education, Special Education

Susan Baum

Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Professor Emeritus from College of New Rochelle; Director of 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy; Provost for Academics at Bridges Graduate School

Susan Baum, Ph.D. is co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Professor Emeritus from The College of New Rochelle, and an international consultant, Susan has published a multitude of books, chapters, and articles in the areas of twice-exceptional students, primary-aged gifted students, social and emotional factors affecting gifted students, and multiple intelligences. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is past president and co-founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS). She is recipient of the Weinfeld Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in educating the twice-exceptional child.

Areas of Expertise: Special Education and Learning Disabilities, Education of the Gifted and Talented, Twice-Exceptional Education, Research Methodology, Creativity

Marcy Delcourt

Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Western Connecticut State University

Dr. Marcia Delcourt, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury, CT, where she received WCSU’s Teaching Excellence Award. She is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Instructional Leadership and teaches courses in leadership, measurement, research and cognition, as well as curriculum and instruction. Dr. Delcourt has been the Principal Investigator or evaluator for 30 grants at the local, state, and federal levels. She has been a full-time Professor at McGill University where she taught courses in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology. She was also a Professor at the University of Virginia and a Principal Investigator for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. She has been active in education for over 30 years as a teacher, graduate level program coordinator, curriculum and program consultant, and researcher. She currently serves as a member of the advisory board for the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Creative Behavior, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Gifted Child Quarterly, The Journal for the Education of the Gifted, International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving and Journal of Research and Development in Education. She co-edited a book entitled Inquiry in Education Volume II: Overcoming Barriers to Successful Implementation and has contributed to The International Handbook on Innovation Education and Fundamentals of Gifted Education. She is involved in teacher education, professional development, and program evaluation, and has a longstanding research commitment to instructional needs of gifted students, social and emotional learning, fostering creativity, and the uses of technology in education.

Areas of Expertise: Marcia serves Bridges as a consultant in Research and Evaluation, Curriculum leadership, Special Education, Education of the Gifted and Talented, Creativity

Sally Dobyns

Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Adjunct faculty at SUNY at Buffalo State College

Sally M. Dobyns, Ph.D. is a nationally regarded educator in the field of gifted education and talent development. Prior to completing her doctoral degree in gifted education and talent development at The University of Connecticut in 1992, she was a classroom teacher in Kentucky and South Carolina. For 21 years, Dr. Dobyns served as Professor, Program Coordinator of the M. Ed. Program in Gifted Education, and Director of the Center for Gifted Education, and is noted for her contributions to teaching and learning on a variety of topics, including curriculum design, higher order thinking skills, differentiating curriculum and instruction, talent development, and other aspects of gifted education.  She has served as a consultant to over 100 schools in the United States, Mexico and South America.

Areas of Expertise: Curriculum, Education of the Gifted and Talented, Teacher training, Creativity

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman

Ph.D. from Yale University

Scott Barry Kaufman is an author, researcher, and speaker who is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Curious about the mind, brain, and behavior, Dr. Kaufman likes to share his enthusiasm for these topics through his teaching, writing, and podcasts. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review. He contributes a regular column called “Beautiful Minds” to Scientific American, and hosts The Psychology Today Podcast. Named as one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider, his books include Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, and, as editor, Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties. Dr. Kaufman received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Areas of Expertise: Creativity, Intelligence, Research

Jann Leppien

Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Whitworth University

Jann Leppien, Ph.D. is an associate professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Whitworth’s Center for Gifted Education supports and develops policies and practices that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. Whitworth offers educators a specialty endorsement and Master degree in gifted education. Dr. Leppien conducts professional staff training for educators in the areas of differentiated instruction, curriculum design and assessment for advanced students, thinking skills, and gifted program development, both nationally and internationally. She has served on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and currently serves on the board of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS), the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development, NAGC’s Diversity and Equity and Awards Committees, and Washington State’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Board. She is the co-author of The Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum and The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students.    

Areas of Expertise: Curriculum, Differentiated Instruction, Leadership, Research and evaluation, Gifted and Talented, Underachievement, Twice-Exceptional Education

Henry J. Nicols (Hank)

Dean of Graduate Programs

M.S. from Buffalo State S.U.N.Y.
Current affiliation: Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity

Henry (Hank) Nicols is a retired adjunct professor from the International Graduate Program for Educators at Buffalo State SUNY.  He spent nearly twenty years teaching graduate students in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and  South America.  He has conducted significant social and emotional research and was the recipient of two U.S. Department, Office of Overseas School Grants to develop materials for International Schools.  He is a popular as sought after keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences and symposiums.  As a former hospital administrator and retired Chief of Police he has significant organizational and leadership experience.

Areas of Expertise:  Research, Social and Emotional Needs, Conflict Management, Leadership, and Organizational Improvement. 

Dan Peters

Ph.D. from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Current affiliation: Summit Center

Dr. Dan Peters, licensed psychologist, is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Peters is author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears and From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears. He is also co-author of Raising Creative Kids, and writes for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. He is also Co-Founder of Parent Footprint, and on-line interactive parent training community.

Areas of Expertise: Assessment and treatment of children with stress and anxiety, Twice-Exceptional Education, Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Learners

Karen Westberg

Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Professor emerita from University of St. Thomas

Dr. Karen L. Westberg is professor emerita from the University of St. Thomas (UST), MN, where she taught graduate coursework in gifted education and research methodology. Before joining the faculty at UST, she was a principal investigator at The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and a faculty member at the University of Connecticut. She has published articles in several journals including Journal of Creative Behavior and Gifted Child Quarterly. Earlier in her career, she was a public school teacher.

Areas of Expertise: Research methodology, Program evaluation and Measurement, Curriculum, Education of the Gifted and Talented.

Christopher Wiebe

Ed.D. from California State University, Los Angeles
Current affiliation: Director of High School, Bridges Academy

Chris Wiebe studied philosophy and literature before spending seven years in print journalism. He began teaching high school English in 2008, developing an interest in multimodal literacy and curriculum design. He has been the high school director at Bridges Academy for three years, and received his doctorate in education in 2016. His paper comparing technology policy and teacher belief was a finalist for an AERA “Best Paper” award in 2016 and he is a co-author of a chapter in in the book Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties.

Areas of Expertise: Leadership and change, Policy in Education, Twice Exceptional Education, Qualitative Research Methods