Crucial Conversations About Cognitive Diversity


Tune in on Wednesday, June 16th at 1 P.M. PT
for the season 2 finale!
Your host Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman will be in conversation with
with Dr. Geraldine Dawson.



The Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development is delighted to announce that Crucial Conversations about Cognitive Diversity is back for its second season! Formerly known as Critical Conversations about Cognitive Diversity, this monthly webcast is hosted by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman and features in-depth conversations with the top minds in gifted and twice-exceptional education. Dr. Kaufman, the director of research at the 2e Center, is a prominent voice in the neurodiversity movement and has published broadly about intelligence and creativity, including his books Ungifted and Wired to Create. His most recent book Transcend reconceives Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs as a framework to drive self-discovery and actualization.

The season 2 finale will feature Dr. Geraldine Dawson, who is the William Cleland Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, where she also is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience. Dawson is the Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. Her research has focused on autism early detection, treatment, and brain function. Using electrophysiological techniques, Dawson’s lab discovered differences in brain circuitry related to face processing in children with autism, which are apparent during infancy before symptom onset and a lifelong brain-based autism biomarker. Dawson’s studies were among the first to describe autism symptoms during infancy. With Sally Rogers, she co-created the Early Start Denver Model, an empirically-validated early autism intervention, which has been translated into 17 languages. Dawson demonstrated that early intervention can normalize aspects of brain activity in children with autism, a finding recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012.

Dawson served as President of the International Society for Autism Research and was Founding Director of the University of Washington Autism Center. From 2008-2013, Dawson served as the first Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks. Dawson has testified before the US Congress in support of autism legislation and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Dawson is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the American Psychological Association Distinguished Career Award (Div53); Association for Psychological Science Lifetime Achievement Award; Clarivate Top 1% Cited Researcher Across All Scientific Fields; NIH Top Research Advances of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); Autism Society of America Award for Research Contributions; Autism Society Medical Professional of the Year; and Autism Society Award for Valuable Service. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and American Psychological Association. Dawson received a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington and completed a clinical internship at UCLA.

This series is produced by Bridges 2e Media, which publishes and Variations2e magazine.

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Season 2 has featured Jessica Lahey and Julie Lythcott-Haims. Click the button below to view the recordings.




Dr. Kaufman’s season 1 guests included Gail Saltz, Jack Horner, Fumiko Hoeft, C. Matthew Fugate, Matthew Lerner, and Danika Maddocks, and Dr. Susan Baum. You can view the recordings here or click the link below.

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