Betsy Crane

Betsy Crane, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Psychology & Mental Health

Programs I Teach


  • 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)

About Me

My teaching philosophy and goals are empowerment-oriented, fostering academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, and lifelong learning. Rather than being passive recipients of information, as in the banking model of education (Freire, 1970) where teachers make deposits and students make withdrawals, students are engaged as active learners and co-investigators.

In my classes, students set individual learning objectives for their first assignment, which they later assess in a reflective essay on course learning. My intention is to encourage a lifelong habit of learning and reflection. By setting high academic standards, I foster academic excellence by encouraging students to stretch to reach these standards.

Research Interests

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.


Recent Publications:

  • Towne, A., Ruggles, E., Crane, B., & Root, M. (2019). Does she want you to open the door? Focus group discussions about new realities for traditional gendered sexuality. The Qualitative Report, 24(10)2486-2505. Retrieved from
  • Singer, R., Crane, B., Lemay, E., & Omary, S. (2019). Improving the attitudes and behavioral intentions of perinatal care providers toward childbearing individuals identifying as LGBTQ: A quasi-experimental study, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 50(7), 303-312. 
  • Fleishman, J. M., Crane, B., & Koch, P. B. (2019). Correlates and predictors of sexual satisfaction for older adults in same-sex relationships. Journal of Homosexuality. Doi: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1618647
  • 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. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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)


  • Gamma Eta Rho National Honor Society in Human Sexuality (2009)
  • Distinguished University Professor, Widener University (2014–2017)
  • The Dr. Betsy Crane Award - Award created by the New York State Family Development Association (FDANYS)