Lisa Rubenstein
Lisa Rubenstein
Professor of Educational Psychology
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 519

Department: Department of Educational Psychology

About Lisa DaVia Rubenstein

Lisa DaVia Rubenstein is a Professor of Educational Psychology, and she has been at Ball State since 2011. Currently, she teaches courses in qualitative research methodology, research in educational psychology and the development of creativity. Her research examines motivation, creativity, and talent development. She is serving as the Principal Investigator of Project Brilliance, which is piloting after school, performing arts programs across Indiana and Florida.

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Educational Psychology (2022-present)

  • Associate Professor of Educational Psychology (2016 - 2022; Assistant Professor 2011-2016). Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University

  • Director PhD and MS in Educational Psychology (2022-present)

  • Director, Undergraduate Gifted and Talented Programs (2012 - present).

  • Program Evaluator, Gifted Programs and Teacher Preparation Programs (2009-present)

  • Classroom Teacher (2004 - 2008)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology, 2011
University of Connecticut
Master of Art (MA) in Education, 2007
University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education, 2003
Grove City College

Research and Publications

Sample Publications

  1. Mims, L. C., Rubenstein, L. D., & Thomas, J. (2022). Black brilliance and creative problem solving in fugitive spaces: Advancing the BlackCreate Framework through a systematic review. Review of Research in Education, 46.

  2. Tuite, J., Rubenstein, L. D., & Salloum, S. J. (2021). The coming out experiences of gifted, LGBTQ students: When, to whom, and why not? Journal for the Education of the Gifted. 44, 366-397.

  3. Rubenstein, L. D., Callan, G. L., Speirs Neumeister, K. L., Ridgley, L. M., & Hernández Finch, M. E. (2020). How problem identification strategies influence creative outcomes. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 60.

  4. Rubenstein, L. D., Callan, G. L., Ridgley, L. M., & Henderson, A. (2019). Students’ strategic planning and strategy use during creative problem solving: The importance of perspective-taking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 34.

  5. Rubenstein, L. D., Callan, G. L., & Ridgley, L. M. (2018). Anchoring the creative process within a self-regulated learning framework: Inspiring assessment methods and future research. Educational Psychology Review, 30, 921-945.

Funded Projects

“Project Brilliance: An Inclusive Approach to Identifying and Supporting Gifted Students with Disabilities”
Grantor: Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Grant, U.S. Department of Education,Washington D.C.
Role: Principal Investigator
Full Award: $2,600,000 (2022-2027)

“Thinking like Mathematicians”
Grantor: Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Grant, U.S. Department of Education Washington D.C.
Role: Contractor (Designing and evaluating professional development opportunities)
Full Award: $2,500,000 (2017-2022)
Contracted Award: $32,500

“Deliberate Innovation: Entrepreneurial Learning Across Developmental Levels”
Grantor: Ball State University Academic Excellence Grant, Muncie, IN
Role: Principal Investigator
Award: $300,000 (2015-2018)

“Reimagining the Rural Gifted Program”
Grantor: Teachers College Immersive Learning Grant, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Role: Principal Investigator
Award: $1,000 (2014-2015)