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Jean Peterson
Professor Emerita
The Department of Educational Studies

College of Education, Purdue University


Brief Bio 

Jean Peterson, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, and counselor educator, has focused most of her clinical work and research on children and adolescents with exceptional ability, often exploring the experience of development with longitudinal and qualitative methods and often focusing on populations that do not fit common stereotypes and are therefore not often studied.  Among her nearly 100 publications are Gifted at Risk: Poetic Profiles, The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens, Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them, Models of Counseling Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults, and Portrait and Model of a School Counselor.  Her first career was in K-12 education as a classroom and gifted-education teacher and counselor.




Research interests include school-counselor preparation, as well as social and emotional development of high-ability children and adolescents, particularly of populations underrepresented or under-studied in the field of gifted education.



Ph.D.    University of Iowa, 1995, Counselor Education

M.S.      University of Iowa, 1991, School Counseling

M.A.T.  Augustana College, 1982, Education (English emphasis)

B.A.     Augustana College, 1962, English, German



2013 Professor Emerita

2009 (April)-2013           Professor 
                                        Department of Educational Studies 
                                        College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2003-2009 (March)         Associate Professor 
                                        Department of Educational Studies 
                                        College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1999-2003                      Assistant Professor, Tenure Track 
                                        Department of Educational Studies 
                                        College of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1995-1999                       Assistant Professor, Tenure Track 
                                        Counselor Preparation Program 
                                        Division of Social Science, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
1962-68, 1972-92           Public schools, all school levels


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Jean Peterson

College of Education, Purdue University 
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
Room 5170
West Lafayette, Indiana, 47907-1446 
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