David Yun Dai

David Yun Dai

Educational & Counseling Psychology
School of Education
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Catskill 221

PhD, Purdue University

Dr. David Yun Dai

David Yun Dai joined the faculty of Educational Psychology and Methodology at University at Albany, State University of New York in 2001. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut. He also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Language and Literature from East China Normal University. Prior to his appointment with University at Albany, he worked as an assistant professor of psychology at the Central Missouri State University. He teaches courses pertaining to instruction, learning, motivation, and cognition. He also teaches a seminar on giftedness, talent, and creativity.

Research Interests

Dr. Dai was a Fulbright scholar to China during 2008-2009 and to Germany during 2015-2016. He was the recipient of the Early Scholar Award in 2006 conferred by the National Association for Gifted Children. He is internationally known for his work on gifted education, talent development, and creativity. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review. His current theoretical and research interests include (a) the psychology of talent development; (b) motivational and cognitive processes underlying creativity; and (c) foundational and policy studies in gifted education. His practical interests include formulating national and regional educational strategies and policies for promoting and nurturing talent and creativity at a macro level and fashioning pedagogical strategies for developing talent and creativity at a micro level.