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Longacre Award: Robert Mulcahy

September 03, 2021

Longacre Award: Robert Mulcahy

Established to honor the memory of MAJ Raymond F. Longacre, MC, USA. It is given annually for outstanding accomplishment in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of aerospace medicine. Sponsored by the Aerospace Human Factors Association.

Robert Mulcahy, M.D., M.P.H., was the 2021 recipient of the Raymond F. Longacre Award for his research efforts dedicated to addressing the issue of layperson psychological intolerance and anxiety caused by the acceleration exposures anticipated in commercial spaceflight. His work directly addresses this problem, helping to expand commercial spaceflight to laypersons who may find the stressors of spaceflight particularly challenging. The results of his research have provided much needed psychological insight for the burgeoning commercial space industry.
   Dr. Mulcahy studied chemical engineering at Rice University in Houston, TX, earning a B.A. in 2008. He then enrolled in medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX, and received his M.D. in 2012. Following medical school, he completed a combined residency in Aerospace Medicine and Internal Medicine at UTMB from 2012-2016. During this time at UTMB, he earned a Master of Public Health degree in 2015. His unique experiences during residency included a deployment to McMurdo and South Pole Stations in Antarctica, familiarization with the White House Medical Unit, USAF flight surgeon training, and commercial spaceflight experience at SpaceX.
   After completing the residency in 2016, Dr. Mulcahy joined the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a Flight Surgeon. At JSC, his responsibilities have previously included astronaut selection medical examinations, support for the Fatigue Management Service, clinical input to the Exploration Medical Capability research element. He is currently the Flight Medicine Clinic (FMC) lead surgeon, the pre-launch quarantine Health Stabilization Program (HSP) lead surgeon, and the alternate chair of the Aerospace Medicine Board (AMB). He also provides medical
support for the NASA astronaut centrifuge training program at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, and is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).
   Dr. Mulcahy’s awards and honors include UTMB Outstanding First Year Resident for 2012-2013, twice being part of the winning team in the RAM bowl at AsMA’s annual scientific meeting, the Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award, a co-recipient of the 2015 Arnold D. Tuttle Award from AsMA, the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons Outstanding Student Award, three JSC Group Achievement Awards and a JC Group Achievement Team Award, and the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy.