Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
High Intelligence Specialist
I founded Educational Options to provide accurate information regarding intelligence, what it is, where it comes from, and how our family, school, relationship and workplace environments either nurture or stifle its expression. When someone is highly intelligent – different from the majority in thoughts, expression, and interest – the wrong environment can lead to confusion, sadness, loneliness, anger and underachievement. My continuing purpose is to open the eyes and awareness of adults in ways that will benefit them and the children under their care.

Although I now reserve much of my professional time for writing, I continue to see and work with clients both locally and long distance. I also continue to work with past clients as they need my professional help. I remain available for teacher workshops, speaking engagements, and keynote addresses. The majority of my professional time is now related to book, blog, and article writing, qualitative research related to gifted children and adults, and the development of online helpful and affordable products on My hope is to reach more people than an individual consultancy can reach, groups that include other educational professionals, mental health professionals, and policy makers for both fields. For more information, testimonials, credentials, etc., please see me on LinkedIn. Write to me directly at

To follow and contribute to my work (your own ideas, input and questions, volunteering for product beta testing, adult giftedness book, and even perhaps to contribute funding for the materials and support I will need for this work and these studies), go to and sign up for the RSS feed and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Finally, I may be reached at unless I direct you elsewhere later within a specific study. And be patient, as I have no administrative assistant at this time to help with correspondence.

Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.



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