Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.

Richmond, VA

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis is a career educator with over 30 years of experience in varied roles: classroom teacher; district program coordinator of gifted services; state level Director of Gifted Services; author, researcher, consultant, and Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Ctr for Gifted Education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette I am now serving as Associate Professor & chair of Teacher Education at Va Union University. Since 2012, I have been a Board Member on the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN, I am pleased and honored to serve and representing and advocating for gifted learners from multicultural backgrounds. My areas of expertise and interest are related to diverse gifted students and their families. I have written the first book on the market focused on the needs of Black parents of high potential/gifted youth: 'Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners' to provide parents with advocacy tools and educators with insights needs of gifted learners who are too often overlooked in gifted programs nationwide. To assist school districts, I provide workshops, seminars, evaluation services for teachers, administrators, parents, families and community members. For presentation and/or consultation requests - email Thank you for your interest in eradicating under-representation in gifted education programs. i have two facebook pages Celebrating Black Genius and WeAreGifted2. Please also see my blogsite

Upcoming presentations:

Master Class:Ask the Experts, Hosted by the LAUSD Gifted/Talented Programs. Pasadena Convention Center, CA. Sat., Nov 1st

National Association for Gifted Children Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD. Nov 12-15

  • Work
    • Associate Professor & Chair of Teacher Education
  • Education
    • M.A.Ed. & Ed.D. - The College of William & Mary