Meet Yunasa’s esteemed faculty members, who have years of experience working with gifted youth and shaping gifted discourse.
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D.
Dr. Gatto-Walden is a licensed clinical psychologist with a holistic orientation who has worked with gifted individuals of all ages for more than 35 years. She is a featured speaker at gifted conferences and educational workshops throughout the nation.
Elizabeth Meckstroth, M.S.W. Emeritus
Ms. Meckstroth earned a master’s in education and a master’s in social work. She has worked in the field of gifted education since 1979, serving families and their social/emotional and educational issues. She has published numerous articles and is a co-author of Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom and Guiding the Gifted Child. Her work focuses primarily on self-development and the highly gifted.
Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Piechowski has a Ph.D. in molecular biology as well as in counseling psychology. He served as a faculty member at four universities before retiring in 1999. He has studied and written extensively on the developmental potential of the gifted as well as on spiritual giftedness. For a number of years he worked closely with Dr. K. Dabrowski, the author of the theory of positive disintegration, of which overexcitabilities are a part. Dr. Piechowski is the author of Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright, co-editor with Susan Daniels of Living with Intensity, and co-editor with Christine Neville and Stephanie Tolan of Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child.