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Dr. Canaan Crane

Professor of Psychology
Director, MFT Program

Office Location Shawnee Hall, 113
Phone (Office) 405.585.4177


Dr. Canaan 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 and his PhD in Family Science from Oklahoma State University in 2010. 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.  He currently serves as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program.

As the MFT Program Director, Dr. Crane is responsible for oversight of the MFT curriculum, clinical training program, facilities, services, and the maintenance and enhancement of the program’s quality. Dr. Crane advises students as they progress through the program and is responsible for hiring and supervising MFT faculty and the MFT Clinic Director. Dr. Crane provides year round direction for the program.

Dr. Crane has also served as the Instructor and Faculty Liaison for the Climbing Wall at the Recreation and Wellness Center. He teaches the Introduction to Rock Climbing and Intermediate Rock Climbing courses. He guides rock climbing trips for his classes and is the Faculty Sponsor for the Outdoor Adventure Klub (OAK). He participated in training and received his certification as a Single Pitch Instructor by the American Mountain Guides Association from 2008-2011. He regularly guides in Oklahoma and Arkansas but has climbed in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oregon and North Carolina.


  • B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 3213: Theories of Personality
  • PSYC/AMIN 3763: Basic Counseling Skills
  • PSYC 4783: Theories of Counseling
  • PSYC 4833: Family Therapy: Theory and Practice
  • HON 2519 : Social Science Colloquium (Psychology and Theology of Wilderness Experience)
  • MFT 5123: Basic Therapy Skills
  • MFT 5323: Family and Individual Assessment
  • MFT 5113: Models of Family Therapy
  • MFT 5333: Wilderness as Therapy
  • MFT 5809: Practicum
  • PHED 1051: Introduction to Rock Climbing
  • PHED 1451: Intermediate Rock Climbing


  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Oklahoma
  • LMFT Advisory Board, Oklahoma Department of Health
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • OKAMFT President

Selected Publications

Crane, C. (2010). Peer and neighborhood risk contexts, and adolescents’ delinquent behaviors: The protective potential of family and neighborhood connectedness (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

Crane, C. (Winter, 2006). Creating an effective human sexuality statement. Koinonia, 18-19.

Crane, C. & Lowe, J. (2005). Invited presentation: From Punitive to Redemptive: Steps towards creating a redemptive human sexuality policy. Presented at Association of Christians in Student Development National Conference, June 9th, 2005.