Frank C. Worrell, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in School and Educational Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Director of the School Psychology program, Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, and Faculty Director of the Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Social and Personality Area in the Department of Psychology. His research interests include African American education, cultural identities, scale development and validation, talent development/gifted education, teacher effectiveness and school reform, time perspective, underachieving youth, and the translation of psychological research findings into practice.
A member of the editorial boards of several journals, Dr. Worrell was co-Editor/Editor of Review of Educational Research from 2012 to 2016 and has also served on committees of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Divisions 5, 15, 16, and 45, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Association for Gifted Children. He served as a Council Representative for the School Psychology Division of APA from 2010 – 2015, and a Member at Large on the APA Board of Directors from 2016 – 2018. Dr. Worrell is a Fellow in Divisions 5, 15, 16, 45, and 52 of APA; a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science; a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and an elected member in the Society for the Study of School Psychology and the National Academy of Education. In 2011, Dr. Worrell received the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity from UC Berkeley; and was a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He is also a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Research Award from Division 45 (the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) of APA and the 2018 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from Division 52 (International Psychology) of APA. Dr. Worrell is the 2019 recipient of the Palmarium Award in Gifted Education from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Beyond the United States, Dr. Worrell has ongoing research collaborations in countries in Central America, South America, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific.
Author of over 200 scholarly works, recent book publications include Achieving College Dreams: How a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High-School (Oxford University Press, 2016; co-edited with Rhona S. Weinstein), Talent Development as a Framework for Gifted Education: Implications for Best Practices and Applications in Schools (Prufrock Press, 2018; co-edited with Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Rena F. Subotnik), and The Psychology of High Performance: Developing Human Potential into Domain-Specific Talent (American Psychological Association, 2019; co-edited with Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Rena F. Subotnik). In September of 2020, The Cambridge Handbook of Applied School Psychology (co-edited with Tammy L. Hughes and Dante D. Dixson) will be published.