Crane Earns Doctorate in Family Science

Canaan Crane, assistant professor of psychology at OBU, has completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in human environmental science, with a specialization in family science. Crane will receive his doctorate Friday, Dec. 17, from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Crane's dissertation is titled "Peer and neighborhood risk contexts, and adolescents' delinquent behaviors: The protective potential of family and neighborhood connectedness."

Crane received a bachelor's degree in family psychology from OBU in 1997. He earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from OBU in 2000. He has been a licensed marital and family therapist since 2002 and an approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2005. Crane has been involved in counseling services at OBU, including career counseling and university counseling.

At OBU, Crane teaches psychology courses including "Theories of Personality," "Basic Counseling Skills," "Theories of Counseling" and "Family Therapy: Theory and Practice." He also teaches "Introduction/Intermediate Rock Climbing" in OBU's Recreation and Wellness Center.

OSU's Ph.D. in human environmental sciences with specialization in family science is a research doctoral program designed to promote breadth, depth and integration in human development and family science through research and other experiences. Doctoral students collaborate with faculty and other graduate students on research projects which integrate the theoretical and empirical knowledge base in human development and family science and investigate key processes associated with individual and relationship competence.