DepartmentRosemead School of Psychology
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty



  • Psy.D. Wheaton College
  • M.A. Wheaton College
  • B.A. Ed. University of Michigan


Nancy Crawford is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. She has a vast amount of clinical experience with time spent at the Tumaini Counseling Center in Nairobi, Kenya, Alongside Incorporated in Michigan and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Illinois. She taught in Kenya at Scott Christian University, Rift Valley Academy and Daystar University. Crawford received her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She later earned her M.A./Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. Her primary professional focus is Member Care for missionaries.


  • APA Member
  • Affiliate member of AIM International
  • Cornerstone Counseling Centre, Professional Advisory Committee

Publications (Selected)

  • Crawford, N.A. & DeVries, H.M. (2005) “Relationship between Role Perception and Well-being in married Female Missionaries. Journal of Psychology and Theology. 33 (3).
  • Crawford, N.A. (2002) “Missionary Women Speak” Enhancing Missionary Vitality. J.R. Powell & J.M. Bowers, Eds. Palmer Lake, CO: Missionary Training Internship.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2000) "Counseling with Missionaries and their Families" Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. S. Moreau, Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.


  • Crawford, N.A. (2011, November). Mission Organization Ethos, Training, and Personnel Placement that Support the Well-being of Female Missionaries: Where are We Now? Workshop, Mental Health and Missions Conference, Angola, IN.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2011, October) Ethical Considerations for Churches and Missionaries: It’s all about trust. Invited session, [caravan] Member Care Conference, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2011, January) Caring for Families in Missions: Goal – Robust and Hardy Adults and Children. Lecture presented for the Self Care in Mission class at Fuller Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, CA.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2010, November) 9 Things that Kept me up at Night: Ethics and the mental health and missions practitioner. Plenary Session, Mental Health and Missions Conference, Angola, IN.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2009, November) Stress, Life-Work Balance, and Trust in God. Breakaway workshop at LittWorld 2009, Limuru, Kenya.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2008, March) Motivational Interviewing: beyond getting people to eat right, drink less, and exercise more. Presentation to Nairobi area counselors, Karen, Kenya.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2008, February) How Shall We Now Treat Each Other: Given ALL that has happened. Workshop for students of Scott Theological College at the request of the Student Spiritual Life Committee in response to the post-election violence in Kenya.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2006, April and 2007, February) Love, Work and Me. Presentation at the AIM Care Coast Retreats at Mombasa, Kenya and re-presented to missionaries of College Church, Wheaton, IL.
  • Crawford, N.A. (2006, February and 2006, May) The Psychology (Soul Care) of Forgiveness. Presentation to AIM missionary women’s retreat, and re-presented to missionary women of the greater Nairobi area.
  • Bagge, R.W., Dalzell, L, & Crawford, N.A. (2005, August) Member Care in the Midst of Crisis. Workshop presented to SIL Member Care personnel in East Africa, Ruiru, Kenya.
  • Shaw, T & Crawford, N.A. (2005, February) Early psychological intervention following trauma: What may help? What may not? Presentation to Nairobi area counselors, Karen, Kenya.
  • Miersma, P.L.& Crawford, N.A. (2002, November) Letter from Africa: Perspectives on Missionaries and their Organizations. Plenary session at Mental Health and Missions, Angola, IN.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Assessments
  • Resilience
  • Mental Health and Missions
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