Barbara Priddy Guyer grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where she attended the public schools. Her experiences at Virginia Commonwealth University instilled in her a great love of teaching. She earned master's degrees in administration and learning disabilities from The Ohio State University and West Virginia University, and a doctorate in education from University of Virginia. While living in five different states, Dr. Guyer has taught grades two through six, remedial reading, learning disability classes and reading to inmates in a women's prison. She has also served as a supervisor of special education, a principal of two learning disability centers, and–since 1975–coordinator of the learning disabilities graduate program at Marshall University. In 1981, Dr. Guyer started the H.E.L.P. Program (Higher Education for Learning Problems) as a support for undergraduate students with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities. She also founded the Medical H.E.L.P. Program in 1986 for medical students and physicians needing remedial reading support. Dr. Guyer and her husband Dr. Kenneth Guyer have two daughters, Greta and Jennifer. Through them, she has gained an understanding of learning problems, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder from a parent's perspective. Dr. Guyer is a member of the National Learning Disabilities Association, Phi Delta Kappa, The Orton Dyslexia Society, American Association of University Professors, and the Honorary Board of Directors of the West Virginia Learning Disabilities Association. She has won numerous awards and honors for her teaching and leadership. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Annals of Dyslexia, Journal of Learning Disabilities, New England Journal of Medicine, and Academic Therapy.