Dr. F. Richard “Rick” Olenchak currently serves as Department Head and Professor of Educational Psychology and Research Methodology at Purdue University. He was previously the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs at the University of Houston. His Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, emphasizing Giftedness and Talent Development, was completed at the University of Connecticut. He later completed a post-doctoral internship in psychology at a secure medical facility for adolescents. Using the psychological and educational research foundation underscoring the social and emotional aspects of gifted and talented individuals, his inquiry focuses on this population’s affective development and psychological uniqueness. Of particular interest are appropriate identification processes and accommodations for children and adolescents who have the potential for gifted behavior but who are not easily identified and seldom served educationally. His research concentrates on ways that parents and schools can unmask and develop potential in children and youth, and it embraces issues that serve to camouflage talents in young people, including concomitant attention, learning, and behavioral problems, as well as poverty and gender-based stereotypes. Viewing giftedness and talent less as a permanent set of traits and more as a collection of flexible behavioral characteristics, his research lends support to the notion that, while a certain degree of native potential is surely requisite, gifted-like behavior can be nurtured in many more individuals than has traditionally been believed. Having taught grades 2 through 11, including teaching at a specialized school for gifted students, Dr. Olenchak has served as a K-12 Director of Gifted Education in two school districts, as well as director of two federal grants in gifted education. In addition, he has been a principal at both elementary and middle school levels, a training specialist for a corporation interested in developing executive talent, a research associate at a state department of education, and has operated a private psychological consulting practice focusing on the developmental needs of gifted and talented children.