Catherine Brighton

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2001
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1992
  • B.A., The Catholic University of America, 1990

Catherine Brighton is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, a Principal Investigator on a Spencer Foundation-sponsored research project focused on kindergarten teachers’ use of literacy data to inform instruction and serves as the co-director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic Diversity. She is the past-president of the Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG), and is the former treasurer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Special Interest Group on Research in Giftedness and Talent.

As associate dean for academic programs and student services, Brighton will oversee the academic programs for Curry the School, the Office of Admissions and Student Services, counsel enrolled and prospective students, as well as serves as an advisor to the dean. 

She earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology - Gifted Education at the University of Virginia in 2001. Prior, she was a curriculum coordinator/assistant principal, teacher of the gifted, and classroom teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, (Charlotte, NC). She was recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2005 as the Early Leader for the Association. This award is given annually to an individual who has exhibited the highest and most consistent degree of leadership in the field of gifted education since receiving the doctorate.

Research Interests

Catherine’s research interests include factors that support and inhibit teacher change and school reform initiatives, differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and qualitative methodologies.