Joy L. Navan, M.A., is a Licensed Psychological Associate, at Amend Psychological Services, PSC, serving the needs of the gifted population of all ages in western Kentucky. Ms. Navan provides assessment and therapy services for gifted children, adolescents, adults, and elders. Upon retirement from Murray State University as professor emeritus in education, Ms. Navan was motivated to retrain to meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of the gifted. With her advanced Spanish degree, Ms. Navan is able to provide gifted services to the Spanish-speaking population.
As a former educator, Ms. Navan has experience teaching gifted students in the classroom and experience teaching graduate courses on gifted education in college. She served as a consultant for parents of gifted children, providing qualitative assessment and educational consultation. Her years of service include director of the Murray State Center for Gifted Studies; the Kentucky State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education; the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education Board (KAGE); and the Board of Directors for Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG). Ms. Navan is also a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Ms. Navan has written numerous academic and community articles regarding the nature and needs of gifted individuals and she is the author of Nurturing the Gifted Female: A Guide for Educators and Parents. She is currently writing a book on the needs of gifted elders with an expected publication date in 2017.