Michael M. Piechowski
Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D., received his M.Sc. in plant physiology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, his hometown in Poland. After a year of study in Belgium, he came to the United States, obtaining a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where he met Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski. They worked together for eight years. Not interrupting their collaboration, Piechowski returned to the University of Wisconsin to obtain a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. Subsequently, he taught at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and Northland College. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Educational Advancement and Professor Emeritus, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, where he introduced an experiential course in transpersonal psychology. He is a contributor to the Handbook of Gifted Education and the Encyclopedia of Creativity. His studies of self-actualizing people and moral exemplars led him to the study of emotional and spiritual giftedness. He has taught at the Honors Summer Institute at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and has lectured in New Zealand and Australia. He has been involved for many years with the Yunasa summer camp for highly gifted youth, organized by the Institute for Educational Advancement. Dr. Piechowski has been honored with a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of “Mellow Out,” They Say. If I Only Could and a co-editor of Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child.