Karen L. Westberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(651) 962-4985
MOH 333, Opus Hall


Dr. Karen Westberg has been a faculty member in the Gifted/Creative/Talented (GCT) education program at the University of St. Thomas since 2000.  In addition to teaching courses in the GCT program, she teaches research methods courses at the Master’s and doctoral level. 


Before joining the faculty at UST, she was a faculty member and principal investigator at The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut for ten years. 


Karen has been actively involved in the field at the national level by serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children and on the Board of Trustees for the National Society for the Gifted and Talented.  Her research interests include gifted education program development, differentiated classroom practices, identification procedures for gifted education services, and creativity.  


Karen began her career as an elementary classroom teacher and gifted education specialist in Minnesota schools.  Through consulting and program evaluations, and serving as a member-at-large on the Metro Chapter of the MN Educators of Gifted and Talented, Karen is actively involved in helping local school districts implement best practices for gifted learners.


Westberg, K. L.  (2011).  Using teacher rating scales in the identification of students for gifted services.  In S. L. Hunsaker (Ed.) Identification: The Theory and Practice of Identifying Students for Gifted and Talented Education Services (pp. 361-378).  

Westberg, K. L.  (2010).  Young creative producers.  Twenty-five years later.  Gifted Education International, 26(2/3), 261-270.

Renzulli, J. S., Smith, L. H, White, A. J., Callahan, C. M., Hartman, R. K., Westberg, K. L., Gavin, M. K., Reis, S. M., Siegle, D., Systema Reed, R. E.  (2010).  Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students:  Technical and administration manual (3rd ed.).  Mansfield Center, CT:  Creative Learning Press.

MN Friend of the Gifted Award, 2011, MN Educators of the Gifted and Talented

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1990

Howard M. Soule Fellowship in Educational Leadership, 1989, Phi Delta Kappa Education Foundation