Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., was a classroom teacher for many years, was involved in teacher education, developed summer language camps for children, and directed a program for gifted high school students prior to graduate work in counseling and development at the University of Iowa. Currently a professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University, she is the director of school counselor preparation and focuses most of her research on the social and emotional development of high-ability young people. In addition, her workshops and conference keynotes and presentations also address academic underachievement, prevention- and development-oriented group work with children and adolescents, bullying prevention, and listening skills for teachers and parents. A licensed mental health counselor, she also continues to be involved in clinical work with children and adolescents. She has authored over eighty books, invited chapters, and journal articles, has received seven national awards for scholarship, and has received numerous awards at Purdue for teaching, research, or service.