Northern Kentucky University's Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies serves high potential and gifted youth, their parents, and educators.  

Formally established in 2008, the Institute focuses on our mission of being a comprehensive and valued source for gifted and high potential youth, their parents, and educators in the regional community.  The Institute has a reputation for excellence in providing educational opportunities for students, developing innovative curriculum, providing quality professional development for parents and educators, and conducting rigorous research.

In addition to our services, the Institute maintains collaborative, meaningful partnerships with businesses, community agencies, and educational institutions in support of high potential and gifted youth. 

Our philosophy is child-centered. We believe all children should be provided with educational and enrichment experiences matched to their unique needs and interests. Talent can be developed by matching one's interests, abilities, and aptitude with the right opportunities, experiences, and challenges. Learners should be provided with experiences that motivate, encourage perseverance, develop creativity, and enable them to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. We aim to provide content-rich programming that builds confidence and competence while deepening understanding of complex ideas.

Our Director:

Professor Kimberly Clayton-Code, Ph.D. is the director and co-founder of NKU's Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies.  She teaches courses in gifted and talented education, social studies, diversity, economic education, and educational foundations.

Dr. Code received the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) Service and Advisory Award for her exceptional service and advocacy in support of educating Kentucky's gifted and talented youth in 2018. She has also received the Faculty Excellence in Sustained Outreach and Public Engagement (2010) and the Faculty Excellence in Teaching (2007) awards from Northern Kentucky University.

Other activities have included editing and authoring the national award-winning, Entrepreneurs in Kentucky and Pathways to Home Ownership curriculum projects.

Kimberly’s career as an educator began with the Campbell County Schools gifted and talented program as well as teaching fifth grade in a self-contained class. She also taught with the Newport Independent School district.  Kimberly has degrees from the University of Louisville (Ph.D.), Northern Kentucky University (M.Ed.), and Purdue University (B.A.).

Dr. Code can be contacted via email at