About Dr. Barbara Long

After obtaining a B.A. with Honors from Vassar College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, Dr. Long completed her M.D. with Honors from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She did a six-month pediatric internship as part of her psychiatric training at The Institute of Living in Hartford and received Board-certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her post-doctoral research at Oxford University, Oxford, U.K. was cited in the London Times. After Board-certification, she was invited to become an Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the National Examining Team, and a Senior Examiner, a role she fulfilled until the end of the live exam. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

She was elected to membership in America's oldest psychiatric think tank, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (G.A.P.) and serves as Chair of the Committee on Work and Organizations,Secretary (2015-2019), and a member of the Board of Directors. G.A.P. produces books, monographs, and other publications (including via media) on cutting edge issues in the mental health field. Her committee's latest publication is "Psychiatry of Workplace Dysfunction-Tools for Mental Health Professionals, Managers, and Employees", Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2017 (in press). This is a book that describes the mental health challenges of the 21st century workplace and its workforce. The Committee's 2012 book, Careers, helps young people think long term about the role they want work to have in their lives. Her prior academic publications have dealt with issues of hostility and aggression in the workplace, sexual harassment/ discrimination, and the use of the standardized test, the MMPI-2 in an objective assessment of psychological injury in Title VII and other personal injury cases.

She has lectured on these topics to a number of organizations, including the E.E.O.C. Division of the American Bar Association, the F.B.I. Academy, the Menninger Clinic. She has lectured to the Superior Court Judges of Georgia at their Annual Winter Training Meeting in 2011 (cited in Daily Reporter Online 24 January 2011; for a copy, contact Dr. Long), the Annual Trainings Conference of the Georgia State and Family Court Judges (November 2011), and the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (October 2012).

In 2011, she was appointed as a Medical Advisory Board Member of www.1-800-therapist.com, and was a member of the Contributing Expert Panel of www.dailyRx.com. She has contributed extensively to the online mental health publications of dailyRx.com as well as to www.HarvardSmiles.org, a student-led online mental health magazine for Harvard College students. She is a professional resource for the Young Presidents Organization.

Dr. Long has worked with young people and their parents for over 30 years, both professionally and on a volunteer basis as an interviewer and support person for the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Admissions, who awarded her a Hiram Hunn Award in 2009 for her service. From 2014 through 2017, she was Harvard College's Office of Undergraduate Admissions' National Schools and Scholarships Committee Appointee to the Harvard Alumni Association's Board of Directors. Her concerns about the emotional well-being of youth in the "Transition" period from high school through college and the 20s prompted her to write a book containing essential emotional skills needed by youth as they progress through these tumultuous years. The book is targeted for parents as well as young people from late teenage through the 20s and beyond. It is also written for adults that work with children, school and mental health professionals, clerical counselors, educators, and educational administrators. The premise of the book is that youth entering college are provided an orientation to the academic and social aspects of college life, and those going into the world of work are oriented to their jobs, but none gets an orientation to life as an adult. Keep Your Eye on the Prize!, which has been characterized as an "invaluable resource and book of wisdom," attempts to fill this need.

Dr. Long's 2013 book, Hold On To Your Hat!-Handling the Roller Coaster Emotions of the College Application Process, prepares students and families for the emotional "roller coaster" ride of the college application process. The book describes the five emotional stages of the process and helps students and parents the learn how to handle the stress without emotional breakdowns or behavioral "melt-downs." Dr. Long has given a one hour global conference presentation on both of her books to the Young Presidents Organization (New York, London, Hong Kong) and to other broad audiences both inside and outside of Georgia.