B.S., Mississippi State University
M. S., Mississippi State University
M.S.W., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University
Crudden joined the Social Work faculty 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. 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 from the International Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and presented for research concerning the employment of persons who are blind/visually impaired. In 2019, Crudden received the Mississippi Social Worker of the Year award from the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.