Rena Subotnik received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mensa Foundation for her extensive contributions to the needs of high-performing children and adolescents. The award was presented by Foundation President Dave Remine on Sept. 30 at the Education Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
"Rena Subotnik is very deserving of this award," her nomination letter states. "Since her childhood as a high IQ student at Hunter College Elementary School in the 1950s to her Ph.D. studying gifted women, to her seminal longitudinal studies of intelligent people, to her groundbreaking work on eminence and its predictive characteristics, she is well-deserving of this honor. Her work has broken ground and will stand the test of time."
Dr. Subotnik created and developed the Esther Katz Rosen Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Foundation. The mission of the center is to address the needs of gifted children through policy development, model building and service to psychologists and parents.
She has served as an advisor to High Ability Studies and Roeper Review, coeditor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, columnist in the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and reviewer for the major journals in the field. She was coeditor of the second edition of the International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent.
Dr. Subotnik provided leadership in the American Educational Research Association Special In terest Group on Research on the Gifted at two different points in its development, was chair of the Research and Evaluation Division of NAGC and served on the board of directors of the Association for Gifted and Talented Education for several terms.
The 2002 recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children Distinguished Scholar award, Dr. Subotnik began her position as director of the Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education at APA in 2002. From 1986 through 2001, she was professor at Hunter College, where she coordinated the secondary education program and served as research and curriculum liaison to the Hunter College laboratory schools for gifted children (grades PK-12). From 1977-1984, she was a gifted education specialist in the Seattle public schools.