I-Chen Wu is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, & Special Education at the University of British Columbia. She was a doctoral student under supervision of Dr. Maker in the Special Education department at the University of Arizona. While there, she participated in the DISCOVER and REAPS projects for three years. As a research assistant on the Cultivating Diverse Talent in STEM project, her experience mainly included (a) assisting in developing, field testing, and evaluating the performance-based assessments to identify multiple strengths of individuals, (b) implementing the REAPS teaching and learning model, and (c) teaching graduate students to use the model with gifted students.
Her research interests are on learning experiences and strength-based approaches, construction of self-knowledge and self-authorship, and curriculum design and assessment development to promote students with learning differences in inclusive settings, primarily with gifted students, twice-exceptional students, and students with special needs. Since 2014, she has earned 11 fellowships and published 4 journal articles and 5 conference papers as the 1st author. Currently, she is developing a course for Educational Programming for Highly Able Learners and assisting in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Explore grant project, named "Self-knowledge as a Potential Tool for Inclusive Education". After leaving the UA, she has continued working with the Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) center. She initiated a project “self-authorship in college students with learning differences”. She is also collaborating with different researchers in the US, Canada, and Taiwan, conducting research in the special education, educational psychology, and school psychology fields.