Areas of Expertise
Ph.D. Education Psychology: Gifted Education
University of Connecticut
M.A. Gifted Education
Hope (Bess) E. Wilson is an associate professor of education at the University of North Florida where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in assessment and educational psychology. She graduated with a PhD in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. She is the co-author of the book Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids (Prufrock Press, 2009), and her research has been published in Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Advanced Academics, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review. She is currently proud to serve as the past chair of the Arts Network and the chair-elect for the Research and Evaluation Network for National Association for Gifted Children. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics. She is a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative, a non-profit organization working at the intersections of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. She has also served as the program chair and secretary for the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG of the American Educational Research Association. She is the Education Chair for the Florida Association for the Gifted and leads the Northeast Florida Gifted Advocates group, working for advocacy for gifted students in Duval and surrounding counties.
Dissertation Award, 2nd Place, NAGC (2010)
Graduate Student of the Year, NAGC (2009)
Most Outstanding Paper, NAGC (2008)
Doctoral Lever Research, 2nd Place, NAGC (2007)
National Association of Gifted Students
American Educational Research Association
Florida Association for the Gifted
Publications & Presentations
Wilson, H. E., & Zoellner, B. (2016). Effectiveness of a Constructivist-based science camp for gifted secondary students. Journal of Research in Education, 26,76-108.
Wilson, H. E. (2015). Patterns of play behaviors and learning center choices between high ability and typical children. Journal of Advanced Academics, 26, 143-164.
Wilson, H. E., Nerren, J. S., & Abel, C. (2015). Dialogue from the field: Language stimulation techniques for three-year-old and four-year-old children: Patterns of language development. National Head Start Association Dialog: The Research-To-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 18(1).
Wilson, H. E. (2015). Social and emotional characteristics and early childhood mathematical and literacy giftedness: Observations from parents and childcare providers using the ECLS-B. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 38, 377-404.
Wilson, H. E, Nerren, J. S., & Abel, C. (2015). Leaping the language gap: Strategies for preschool and Head Start teachers. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 9, 1-17. Retrieved from http://www.ijccep.com/content/9/1/7
Wilson, H. E., Siegle, D. S., McCoach, D. B., Little, C. A., & Reis, S. M. (2014). A model of academic self-concept: Perceived difficulty and social comparison among academically accelerated secondary school students. Gifted Child Quarterly, 58, 111-126.
Wilson, H. E., Gresham, J., Williams, M., Whitley, C., & Partin, J. (2013). Female-only classes in a rural context: Self-concept, achievement, and discourse. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 28(9), 1-14.
Siegle, D., Wilson, H. E., & Little, C. A. (2013). A sample of gifted and talented educators’ attitudes about academic acceleration. Journal of Advanced Academics, 24(1), 27-51.
Wilson, H. E., & Adelson, J. L. (2012). College choices of academically talented secondary students. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23, 32-52.
Nihalani, P. K., Wilson, H. E., Thomas, G., & Robinson, D. H. (2010). What determines high- and low-performing groups? The superstar effect. Journal of Advanced Academics, 21, 500-524.
Siegle, D., Moore, M., Mann, R. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2010). Factors that influence inservice and preservice teachers’ nominations of students for gifted and talented programs. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 33, 337-360.
Publications for Practitioners
Baldus, C. M., & Wilson, H. E. (2016). Beyond recitals and refrigerator art: Encouraging your young artists. Parenting for High Potential, 6 (1), 2-4.
Wilson, H. E., & Gaa, J. (2013). Parenting artistically gifted children: Advice from the NAGC arts network. Parenting for High Potential, 2 (5), 10-12.
Nerren, J., Abel, C., & Wilson, H. E. (2012). Language stimulation techniques for prekindergarten English language learners. TexELT: Texas English Language Teaching, 1, 22-26.
Rubenstein, L., & Wilson, H. E. (2011). Spicing up classrooms using creative challenges. Gifted Child Today, 34(2), 57-65.
Wilson, H. E., & Adelson, J. L. (2010, September). Parenting perfectionists: Encouraging healthy risk taking for Risk Evaders. Parenting for High Potential, 13-19.
Wilson, H. E. (2009). The Picasso in your classroom: Meeting the needs of talented artists and visual learners in the elementary classroom. Gifted Child Today, 32, 36-45.
Wilson, H. E., & Adelson, J. L. (2008). The science of art and the art of science. Gifted Education Communicator, 39, 3, 24-27.
Wilson, H. E. (2017, 2010). Instructors manual. In G. A. Davis, S. Rimm, & D. Siegle, Education of the gifted and talented (6th ed.). New York: Prentice Hall.
Adelson, J. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2009). Letting go of perfect: Overcoming perfectionism in kids. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Wilson, H. E. (2017). Principle 6: Clear, explanatory, and timely feedback to students is important for learning, In American Psychological Association, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (Eds). Top 20 principles from psychology for preK–12 creative, talented, and gifted students’ teaching and learning (pp. 16-17). Retrieved from http:// www.apa.org/ed/schools/teaching-learning/top-twenty-principles.asp
Dinsmore, D. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2016). Student participation in assessment: Does it influence self-regulation?. In G. T. Brown & L. Harris (Eds.), Handbook of human and social factors in assessment.
Wilson, H. E. (2011, 2017). Adapting the arts curricula for high-ability learners. In J. vanTassel-Baska & C. A. Little (Eds.), Content-based curriculum for high-ability learners (2nd ed., pp. 303-320). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Siegle, D. S., McCoach, D. B., & Wilson, H. E. (2009). Extending learning through mentorships. In F. A. Karnes & S. M. Bean (Eds.), Methods and materials for teaching the gifted (3rd ed., pp. 519-564). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Wilson, H. E. (2009). Specialized secondary schools. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity, and talent (pp. 818-820). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
Wilson, H. E., & Paul, K. A. (2009). Home schooling. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity, and talent (pp. 432-435). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
Wilson, H. E. (2015). Review of ‘Negotiating adult-child relationships in early childhood research' [Book Review]. The Journal of Educational Research, 108, 432-433.
Wilson, H. E. (2013). Review of 'Assessing teacher quality: Understanding teacher effects on instruction and achievement' [Book Review]. The Journal of Educational Research, 106, 89-90.
Wilson, H. E. (2011). Book review: RTI with differentiated instruction, grades 6 - 8: A classroom teacher's guide, by J. O'Meara (2011) [Book Review]. Gifted Children, 5(1). Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/giftedchildren/vol5/iss1/3
Wilson, H. E. (2008). The last word: An interview with Marilyn Cochran-Smith. Journal of Advanced Academics, 19, 744-749.
Wilson, H. E. (Fall 2006- present). Smart cookies. Teaching for High Potential. [Regular Column, Cartoon].
Wilson, H. E. (2007). Media themes and threads [Review of Differentiating Content for Gifted Learners in Grades 6-12: A CD-ROM of Customizable Menus and Study Guides]. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 31, 261-268.
Wilson, H. E. (2007). Media themes and threads [Review of the curriculum Creative Problem Solving Kit]. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 31, 110-116.