B.S., Mississippi State University
M. S., Mississippi State University
M.S.W., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University
Crudden earned her MSW at Louisiana State University, a Ph.D. and MS from Mississippi State University in Counselor Education, and a B.S. in Educational Psychology. She joined the Social Work faculty on a full-time basis in 1996, after serving as an adjunct instructor for two years; she served as Program Director from 2000 to 2013. Crudden has participated in federally funded research through the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision since 1994. She has published in professional journals, including: The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, The Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Review, Journal of Technology in Human Services, Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Crudden has professional experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, and physical disabilities. She is a former director of the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. Crudden is a Mississippi licensed social worker and counselor and a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor. Her research interests include disability, gerontology, job retention among persons with disabilities, women’s issues, and health care. Crudden received the John H. McAulay Award in 2008 and the Louis Viceceli Award in 2012; both awards are from the International Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and were presented for research concerning employment of persons who are blind/visually impaired.