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Carla Brigandi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Early Scholar Award, National Association for Gifted Children, 2021
  • Principal Investigator, Project Appalachian Coders, US Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Gifted Education Award, 2019-2024
  • Chair elect, the National Association for Gifted Children Research & Evaluation Network, 2022-2024


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Specialist Certification in Gifted Education, University of Connecticut
  • M.S. in Educational Foundations, Central Connecticut State University
  • B.S. in Mathematics Education, University of Florida


  • Early Scholar, National Association for Gifted Children, 2021
  • Outstanding Educator, WVU College of Education and Human Services, 2020
  • Faculty Teaching Fellow, WVU Honors College, 2021
  • Dissertation Award, National Association for Gifted Children Research and Evaluation, 2016

Areas of Expertise

  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Professional Learning
  • Enrichment

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based gifted education practices
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Effective professional learning
  • Equitable services for under identified students
  • Stem interventions for students-with high academic ability

Committees and Memberships

  • International Collaborator, Trisquel–Compestela International School, Santiago de Compostela
  • Chair elect, National Association for Gifted Children Research & Evaluation Network
  • Treasurer, West Virginia Association for Gifted and Talented
  • Editorial Board, Journal for the Education of the Gifted
  • Member, American Educational Research Association

Biographical Sketch

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 PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut.