Betsy Crane, Ph.D. :: 610-499-4242



B.A. Sociology, Minor in Psychology, Nazareth College of Rochester

M.A. Communication, University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Mental Health Information

Ph.D. Human Service Studies, Program Evaluation and Planning, Cornell University

Dissertation: Building a Theory of Change and a Logic Model for an Empowerment-Oriented Family Support Training and Credentialing Program

Specialty Areas: History of gendered sexualities and effects of traditional and changing gender expectations on individuals and relationships, qualitative and participatory research, strength-based human service practice, sexuality and aging.

Courses: HSED 592: Concepts in Human Sexuality; HSED 593: Behavioral Foundations of Human Sexuality; HSED 594: History and Ethics in Human Sexuality; HSED 588: Social Theory and Human Sexuality; ED 714: Qualitative Research.

Career Summary: Dr. Crane worked in the 1970s in Louisville, KY on a NIMH-funded, mass media mental health awareness campaign. In the late ‘70s she developed her passion for sexuality education while working as a Teen Outreach Worker for a rural family planning program in Upstate New York. She then spent nearly 16 years with Planned Parenthood in Ithaca, NY, doing education and advocacy related to sexuality and reproductive health, first as Education Director and then Executive Director. In the 1980s she worked with the school district to develop a K-6 Family Life and Sexuality Education curriculum, sponsored a conference in 1983 for health and human service workers on Understanding Homosexuality and Homophobia, and co-founded the first HIV/AIDS service organization in the area. In 1995 she joined the extension faculty at Cornell University, as Senior Trainer and Collaboration Manager where she wrote curriculum and co-created the New York State Family Development Credential (FDC) program. This program has now been adopted by 17 states to provide training in strengths-based practice for front-line human service workers. After earning a Ph.D. at Cornell in 2000 she was hired by Indiana University of Pennsylvania as an associate professor and doctoral coordinator responsible for developing an off-site Ph.D. program in Leadership Studies in Harrisburg, PA, in non-profit and public administration. In 2007 Dr. Crane became the director of Graduate Studies in Human Sexuality at Widener University, where she worked with the faculty to develop the program, as well as teaching, doing research, and advocating for sexuality-related programs and services at Widener, e.g. as co-chair of the newly formed LGBT Task Force for the university. When the program became its own Center, Dr. Crane chose to step back to a full-time faculty role to focus on teaching and research.