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Aubra Shepard, M.A.

Aubra Shepard, M.A., research assistant for Gifted Identity℠ ProjectAubra Shepard is a research assistant with Gifted Identity℠ Project. She holds Master’s Degrees in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver and Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Iowa (001470), and while she practiced in Iowa, she was certified as an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Aubra has been employed in several positions related to clinical psychology and criminal justice. Prior to returning to school in 2013, she spent four years as a chemical dependency counselor, specializing in working with women around struggles with trauma and complicated grief. More recently, at Claremont Graduate University, she was a workshops development associate with Leader evaluation, Assessment, and Development Labs. She was also a member of a lab that focused on depression research, and assisted with qualitative analysis on a project to gain insight into graduate students' perception of mental health support on campus.

Aubra is currently pursuing a Ph.D. through the University of Georgia’s Educational Psychology program, with a focus in Gifted and Creative Education. Her passion for working with gifted individuals was ignited as a result of seeking to understand her own life experiences and those of her peers, as well as through encountering gifted clients.

She is passionate about using concepts from the areas of positive and traditional psychology to help individuals, groups, and organizations cultivate wellness and flourish. She particularly enjoys working with others who share a passion for (or are open to) creativity, introspection, knowledge, and creating meaning.

Her research interests include gifted identity development, experiences of gifted individuals through the lifespan, societal and self-perceptions of giftedness, giftedness in the workplace, under-severed and unidentified gifted individuals, cultivating creativity, creative mortification, cultivating psychological capital in gifted and creative individuals, and organizational training, coaching, and development.