Department of Social Work Education
Marcus Crawford, Ph.D.
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Marcus Crawford is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Fresno State University. He earned his PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. His MSW and BSW were obtained at Wichita State University. Marcus has a degree in Criminal and Social Justice form Ashford University. Marcus worked in the child welfare for system for many years prior to coming to academia. His work focused primarily on older youth in the foster care system and working with youth who had dual-adjudication in foster care and juvenile justice. In addition to his work in foster care, Marcus was a foster parent and adoptive parent.
Marcus' research interests focus on youth in system of care, specifically youth who cross from foster care into juvenile justice. Additionally, Marcus examines the experiences of youth who exit from system of care, exploring ways to improve the experience of youth who are entering emerging adulthood. Marcus' research examines the intersection of systems in the lives of youth (foster care, justice, prisons, education, health). Through his research, Marcus partners with community agencies working to meet the needs of vulnerable and system-involved youth.