Pamela Denise Long is founder and principal consultant at Youthcentrix® Therapy Services. Denise is intimately familiar with trauma and rural Black poverty having grown up in an outhouse-equipped tin roof shack in segregated Mississippi and accumulating an adverse childhood experiences (ACE) score of 8. Her work focuses on translating the principles of trauma informed care into internal organizational practices and internal/external organizational approaches to work life and service delivery. Her writing, speaking, and professional publications focus on health equity, trauma-informed care for all, shifting race-related narratives and implementing institutional racial equity by way of antiracism.
In 2012, due to her family experiencing education-related racialized toxic stress, Denise began her study of resilience/trauma, how people learn and unlearn racial teaching, and how racial socialization manifests in care relationships and organizational culture. She earned her Bachelor of Health Science in occupational therapy from Mizzou (1997) and a Master of Educational Psychology (learning and cognition) from University of North Texas (2015). Denise is a doctoral student of organizational leadership and development with a focus on PreK-12 executive leadership of institution-wide racial equity.
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