Meet Yunasa’s esteemed faculty members, who have years of experience working with gifted youth and shaping gifted discourse.
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D.
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D, is a nationally recognized psychologist, who has worked therapeutically with gifted, highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents and adults for over three decades. In her consulting practice, she aids individuals to embrace their whole self, which promotes contentment, health and well-being. Her foundational book, “Embracing the Whole Gifted Self,” personifies giftedness. She is a featured speaker at international, national and state gifted conferences and teacher trainings. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Educational Advancement and has received two national awards: Anne Marie Roeper’s 2014 Service to Gifted Youth, and SENG’s 2016 Clinician of the Year.
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.
Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D, is the author of “Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright and Living with Intensity” (with S. Daniels). Earning a Ph.D first in Molecular Biology and later in Counseling Psychology, he served as a faculty member at three universities and one small college. He has published extensively in the areas of emotional development, developmental potential of the gifted, and emotional and spiritual giftedness. He is one of the original designers of Yunasa. In 2016, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by SENG and the NAGC Global Awareness Network Annemarie Roeper Award. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.