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Betsy Crane PhD


  • PhD Human Service Studies, Program Evaluation & Planning 2000

    Cornell University (NY)

  • MA Communication, Mental Health Information 1972

    University of Texas--Austin (TX)

  • BA Sociology 1971

    Nazareth College (NY)

  • HSED 592 Concepts in Human Sexuality

  • HSED 690 Education Practicum

  • HSED 901 Dissertation Seminar I

My research agenda includes: a)  traditional sex roles/stereotypes for women and men, where they came from, how they affect sexuality and relationships, and how they are changing; b) the history of sexuality, particularly the history of pre-patriarchal norms and female spirituality and how they affect sexuality today; c) somatic sex education.

Selected Awards

  • Gamma Eta Rho National Honor Society in Human Sexuality Inducted in 2009

  • Distinguished University Professor, Widener University - 2014–2017

  • The Dr. Betsy Crane Award - Award created by the New York State Family Development Association (FDANYS)

Selected Publications

Bairstow, A, M., Pillai-Friedman, S., Crane, B., Milhausen, R. R. (2018). Holy grail or nice option: The meaning of penile-vaginal intercourse in “unconsummated” relationships. Canadian Journal of Sexuality. 27(2). 

Harris-Jackson, T., Crane, B., & Xu, P. (2018). Exploring self-efficacy as a factor in reducing HIV-risk behavior in Black American women. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 4(4). 53-69.

Turner, G. W. & Crane, B. (2016). Sexually silenced no more. Adults with intellectual disabilities speak up: A call to action for social work to frame sexual voice as a social justice issue. British Journal of Social Work, Special issue: Sexualities and Social Work in the Contemporary World, 46(8), 2300 – 2317. 

Criniti, S., Crane, B., Woodland, M. B., Montgomery, O. C., & Urdarneta Hartman, S. (2016). Perceptions of U.S. medical residents regarding amount and usefulness of sexual health instruction in preparation for clinical practice, American Journal of Sexuality Education. 11(3). 161-175. 

Turner, G. W. & Crane, B. (2016). Pleasure is paramount: Adults with intellectual disabilities discuss sensuality and intimacy. Sexualities, 19 (5-6). 677-697. 

Turner, G. & Crane, B. (2016). Teaching and learning qualitative methods through the dissertation process: Perspectives from a professor and a graduate. Qualitative Social Work: Special Issue-Teaching Qualitative Research and Inquiry, 15(3), 346-362. 

  • Crane, B., Towne, A., & Crane-Seeber, J. (2013). The four boxes of gendered sexuality: A framework and lesson plan for teaching about the history and effects of gendered sexuality. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 8(4), 274–305.

  • Crane-Seeber, J. & Crane, B. (2010). Contesting essentialist theories of patriarchal relations: Evolutionary psychology and the denial of history. The Journal of Men's Studies, 18(3), 218–237.

  • Hewitt, N., Crane, B., & Mooney, B. (2010). The family development credential program: A synthesis of research on an empowerment-based human service training program. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 91(1), 76–84.

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) Association for Study of Women in Mythology (ASWM) Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)