Dr. Carol Langlois is a former University Dean and Associate Provost, trained therapist, researcher, educational consultant and writer. During her training, she counseled clients in one-on-one sessions as well as in group settings, mostly working with college freshman dealing with transitional and developmental issues on campus. Her primary research focus is female self-esteem development among teens. Her dissertation "The effects of single gender versus coeducational environments on the self-esteem development and academic competence of high school females" focused on 15-year-old girls in the Bay Area where her research findings showed disturbingly low levels of self-esteem across the board. This staggering discovery has led her to further research this topic and write her book.