Annie Crossman was recognized for her advocacy work and research as the 2014 Kidder Fund Student Award receipient, which was presented to her at the Pancake Breakfast.
Annie is the kind of student instructors hope to have every time they look at a new roster. She has brought passion and intellectual insight to her coursework and is adept at addressing LGBTQ+ issues and intersecting identities. Ms. Crossman has chosen her coursework to apply to research relating to her SHARPP Advocate role and to her research assistant position in Dr. Katie Edward’s Interpersonal Violence Research Lab.
Crossman’s research is critical to successful trauma recovery among individuals with marginalized social identities. Her research also identifies community factors that affect intimate partner violence for LGBTQ individuals. And it brings attention to the interconnection of women's studies/queer studies and psychology in practice. As a result of her study on trauma recovery, Ms. Crossman received a competitive research fellowship last summer to continue her work. This funding supported qualitative interviews of same-sex couples nationally, and she worked ten hours a day to collect data for her study from approximately 800 LGBTQ+ young adults - from across the United States. In Ms. Crossman’s study, young adults completed surveys about their experiences, and Ms. Crossman conducted in-depth interviews with approximately 15 LGBGQ+ survivors of IPV.
She is now a contributor on a manuscript to be submitted for peer-review publication. She will prepare a report to distribute to practitioners and policymakers. Moreover, Ms. Crossman has submitted the findings to present at two national and two local conferences, to include the National Association for Women in Psychology Conference.
Many believe that the study that Ms. Crossman conceptualized and conducted has the potential to make an important contribution to our field of research on the importance of counselor training and the issues of GLBTQ survivors specific to our community. In addition, her scholarship has important practice implications for social justice and social change education and activism. Annie has connected her academic work with her efforts as an involved and active ally in our community.
Ms. Crossman has worked in a number of other service and volunteer capacities on campus, which underscore her commitment to social justice and public service, especially service that targets individuals who have been historically underserved and marginalized. On the UNH’s President’s Commission on the Status of GLBT Issues, she works as an ally on initiatives that promote a campus community inclusive of all sexual orientation and gender expressions.
Ms. Crossman is clearly committed to intervention, prevention, and advocacy practices, and is interested in both the practice and research side of the helping professions.
At Boston University's Graduate School for Social Work, she will continue her work on behalf of those whose sexual orientation differs from that of the majority.
Her “scholarship, leadership, and outstanding efforts” on the issues made her a deserving candidate for this award. Congratulations to the 2014 Kidder Student Award winner Annie L. Crossman.