Director for research in psychology department honored

Cynthia Crown recognized with the Paul L. O'Connor Leadership Award for achievements, professionalism | May 6, 2004

On Saturday, May 15, the University celebrated the 2004 commencement exercises for graduate and undergraduate students. During commencement, the University traditionally presents citations, awards and honorary degrees to notable individuals who have made certain contributions to Xavier or the greater society. One of those honored this year was Cynthia Crown, who was presented the Paul L. O’Connor Leadership Award, along with professor of mathematics and computer science David C. Flaspohler.

Over the past 16 years, Crown’s love for Xavier University has touched those around her in countless ways. An energetic, mentor, master teacher, devoted scholar and inspiring colleague, Crown has served the University in a number of capacities, and has used her own research to help ensure the Jesuit mission is effectively integrated into the curriculum and communicated to students.

Crown graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, in l978, and completed her master’s degree in community clinical psychology at the same school in 1980. She received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Delaware in 1984.

In l982 Crown launched her teaching career as an instructor at the University of Delaware. From l983 to l986 she was a research psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. From 1984 to 1986, she also taught part-time at the University of Delaware. This was followed by teaching assignments at University of Maryland Baltimore County, Columbia University and the University of Maryland graduate school.

She came to Xavier in 1988 as director for the department of psychology’s interpersonal communications laboratory, a position she still holds. In 1997, Crown was named director of research for the department. She also played a key role in helping develop her department’s doctoral program.

Crown is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Acoustical Society of America, the International Society for Infant Studies, the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of University Women, Southeastern Psychological Association and the Cincinnati Psychological Association

During her time at the University, Crown has been the recipient of numerous grants, honors and awards, has published widely and has served on a vast range of boards and committees.