Christina M. Amspaugh

Assistant Professor of Education; Gifted Education Focus Area Lead

  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2017
  • M.A., University of Connecticut, 2006
  • B.M., Miami University, 2003

Christina Amspaugh is an Assistant Professor and gifted education focus area coordinator in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She serves as Associate Editor for Social Media for Gifted Child Quarterly and is Chair-Elect of the NAGC Computers & Technology Network. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with concentration on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut, where she worked as a graduate research assistant with the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and was an on-site coordinator for Confratute. Her professional experience includes 11 years as a gifted intervention specialist and gifted coordinator in Ohio. Her research interests include the role of technology/social media, public engagement, and open science in bridging the research-practice gap, and underrepresented gifted populations (low-SES, high-mobility, EL). 

Select Publications

Underrepresented Gifted Populations:

The Relationship Between School Mobility and Gifted Identification in Connecticut Public Schools

Exploratory Study on the Identification of English Learners for Gifted and Talented Programs

Technology and Social Media:

Soaring with the CAPES Framework: Tips for Critically Evaluating Online Gifted Education Information

Learning From and Learning With Technology (chapter in Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners, 3rd Edition)


Writing in the Disciplines: How Math Fits Into the Equation

Beyond Doing Mathematics: Engaging Talented Students in Mathematically Creative Writing

Music, Creativity, and the Arts:

Music, Creativity, and the Arts in Specialized Schools (chapter in Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners)

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

November 2019:

National Association for Gifted Children

  • 10 Years of Speed Geeking
  • Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners: Delivering Advanced Educational Programs

September 2019:

Virginia Consortium of Gifted Education Administrators

  • Underrepresented Gifted Populations in Virginia Schools

July 2019: 

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

  • Specialized Schools for Talent Development: Delivering an Advanced Education Program (symposium)

November 2018:

National Association for Gifted Children

  • Lightning Talks: Research Evidence for Classroom Use
  • Lightning Talks: Research for Parents
  • Research & Evaluation Dissertation Winners: The Relationship Between School Mobility and Gifted Identification
  • Speed Geeking

October 2018:

Virginia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Identifying and Teaching Gifted English Learners: Myths about Dually Identified Students

September 2018:

Virginia Consortium of Gifted Education Administrators

  • Talent Development in Younger Students


NAGC Research & Evaluation 2018 Dissertation Award: First Place

NAGC 2017 Doctoral Student Award


Associate Editor of Social Media, Gifted Child Quarterly

Chair, NAGC Computers & Technology Network

Webmaster/Social Media, AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development SIG