Biography of Dr. Camilla Persson Benbow, Vice Chair
National Mathematics Advisory Panel
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Camilla Persson Benbow is Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, a position she has held since 1998.

An educational psychologist, Dean Benbow has focused her scholarly work on gifted education and the development of mathematical talent. She co-directs, with David Lubinski, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), a longitudinal study examining the developmental trajectories of over 5,000 individuals throughout the life-span. The study has been continuously funded since 1981. She is particularly interested in identifying the educational experiences and interventions most conducive to developing intellectual talent and excellence in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dean Benbow began her academic career at Johns Hopkins University in 1981 as an associate research scientist. In 1986, Iowa State University appointed her associate professor of psychology. She was promoted to full professor in 1990, became department chair in 1992, and in 1995, was named distinguished professor. She was appointed interim dean of education at Iowa State in 1996. While at Iowa State she also directed pre-collegiate programs for talented and gifted students.

Dean Benbow has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and 35 chapters and has edited two books. A fellow of the American Psychological Association Divisions 3 and 15, and of the American Psychological Society, she has received a distinguished scholar award from the National Association for Gifted Children and has been inducted into Johns Hopkins' Society of Scholars. In 2004, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation.

Dean Benbow is a member of the board of the American Psychological Foundation. She also serves on the executive committee of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), and she co-founded and co-chairs the committee of AAU College of Education Deans.

Dean Benbow received her Ed.D., with distinction, from Johns Hopkins University (1981), from which she also received her B.A. (1977), M.A. (1978) in psychology, and her M.S. in education (1980).

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