Early Childhood Growth and Development

Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D.

Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan K. Johnsen, professor of educational psychology at Baylor University's School of Education, is a recognized authority on gifted learning. She is director of gifted programs at Baylor and also directs Baylor's Ph.D. program in educational psychology.

Johnsen is the author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles and national conference presentations and the recipient of several grants for her research on gifted students. She is editor of Gifted Child Today and serves on the editorial review board of Gifted Child Quarterly. She is chair of the knowledge and skills subcommittee and former president (2008-2010) of the Council for Exceptional Children and is a board examiner and program reviewer for the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

In 2011, Johnsen was honored with the President's Award by the National Association for Gifted Children. She also was honored in 2006 by the National Community Development Association with the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for her work with Project Promise, a program for low-income, gifted students funded as part of Baylor's GEAR Up grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Johnsen earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education and psychology from Baylor and her master's and doctoral degrees in special education from the University of Texas at Austin.

To interview Dr. Johnsen, contact Tonya Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.

Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D.

Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D.

Dr. Terrill F. Saxon, associate professor of educational psychology at Baylor University’s School of Education, studies language development in early childhood and cognitive development of children.

Saxon's research interests include the role of didactic interaction, such as between mother and toddler or teacher and toddler, in fostering a child's acquisition of cognitive skills, like language, and the child's readiness to learn upon entering school. He also conducts research in cross-cultural settings with respect to development in youth and families. His research has appeared in the Journal of Rural Community Psychology, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Experimental Education, Multicultural Education and Technology Journal and Educational Psychology Review.

Before joining the Baylor faculty in 1995, he earned his doctoral degree in educational psychology and research from the University of Kansas. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in educational psychology from Baylor.

To interview Dr. Saxon, contact Tonya Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.