2017-commissionersThe Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is pleased to welcome Barbara Long, EdD, ATC, LAT and Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA as the newly elected Commissioners representing professional and post-professional programs respectively. Dr. Long will assume the seat of Ray Castle, PhD, ATC, who will be completing his term in the Fall of 2017. Dr. Van Lunen will assume the seat of Chad Starkey, PhD, ATC, FNATA, who will also be completing his term in the Fall of 2017.

Dr. Barbara Long


Dr. Long completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from Bridgewater College, received Master’s Degrees in Sports Medicine and Fitness Management from the United States Sports Academy, and obtained her doctoral degree in Education (Organizational Leadership) from Shenandoah University.

Dr. Long is currently the Division Head of Professional Studies at Bridgewater College, and as such led the College to transition its 136 year history as an undergraduate school to one capable of offering master’s degrees that fit the mission of the college.  Prior to becoming Division Head, Dr. Long served as the Program Director of the Athletic Training Program at Bridgewater College; a position she has held since pioneering its transition from an internship program 19 years ago. Dr. Long has provided extensive previous service to the CAATE as a site visitor and Review Committee member. She served as the Review Committee Chair from 2013-2016. Dr. Long has also presented at multiple CAATE Accreditation Conferences, CAATE Site Visitor Training seminars, and CAATE Review Committee Training seminars.


Dr. Long’s interest in serving as a Commissioner centered around a commitment to transparent dialogue with all stakeholders, and a focus on both current and future needs of the profession of athletic training.

Dr. Bonnie Van Lunen


Dr. Van Lunen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Specialization in Athletic Training, Minor in Health from Castleton State College. She obtained a Master of Education in Athletic Training, and subsequently a Doctorate in Sports Medicine, from the University of Virginia.  She then served as an Assistant Professor within the athletic training program at Canisius College, before returning the University of Virginia as an Instructor. She then was an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Research Laboratory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Van Lunen is currently the Program Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at Old Dominion University, a position she has held for 18 years, and is also the Chair of the School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training.

Dr. Van Lunen has served as a site visitor for the accreditation of athletic training programs for over 20 years, and has been a member of the CAATE Review Committee for 3 years (as long as post-professional education accreditation has been awarded by the CAATE).  She provided expertise as a subject matter expert in the development of the 5th Edition of the Competencies within the subject of Evidence-Based Practice. She is currently a member of the NATA’s Post-Professional Education Committee (and also served on the same committee from 2010-2013).


Dr. Van Lunen’s interest in serving as Commissioner centered around a desire to advocate for growth and focus of both professional and post-professional athletic training education to improve upon patient outcomes.


The CAATE extends the warmest of welcomes to Dr. Long and Dr. Van Lunen and thanks them both for their willingness to serve.