Dona Matthews

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Dona was the founding director of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Education and Development, has taught at universities in Canada and the US, and for many years she ran a busy private practice doing assessments, counselling, and consultations with children, families, and schools. She has written dozens of articles and book chapters, given dozens of conference presentations, and co-authored or co-edited Beyond Intelligence: Secrets of Raising Happily Productive Kids; Being Smart about Gifted Learning; The Development of Giftedness and Talent across the Life Span; and The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education. Dona has another book coming soon with the American Psychological Association—Imperfect Parenting: How to Build a Relationship with Your Child to Weather any Storm—and writes a blog for Psychology Today, where she addresses readers’ parenting questions and concerns.


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Mental disorders start early and vary across the lifespan: it’s time to pay attention to the whole person, and less to the diagnosis #IoPPNfestival


In her debut blog, Dona Matthews reviews a longitudinal cohort study by Caspi and Moffitt which explores how mental disorders and comorbidities have affected over one thousand people in New Zealand across four decades.

This Dunedin birth cohort study research will be presented by Prof Terrie Moffitt at the #IoPPNfestival later today.

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