Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing/Director of Nursing Programs and Initiatives
Doctorate in Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership,
Grand Canyon University
M.S. in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner-
University of Cincinnati Ohio
Crystal has served as adjunct faculty in our RN to BSN program and Health Care Administration program. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Barton College. She received a Master of Science (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University. Crystal is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her doctoral work was on the impact of dietary and lifestyle education on the management and outcomes of patients with congestive heart failure in rural communities. She has been a registered nurse for 12 years and her work background includes pediatric intensive care, primary care, urgent care, geriatric primary care in long-term settings and nephrology.
Program/DepartmentExercise Science, Health Promotion, Leadership Cabinet, Masters of Public Health, Nursing Program, School of Math and Science
Shannon Crowley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Health, MPH Program Director, Program Coordinator for Health Promotion
The University of South Carolina
Shannon Crowley, Ph.D. obtained her doctorate in Exercise Science from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and concurrently obtained a certificate of graduate study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Following her doctoral program, Dr. Crowley completed a NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, in the Program in Women’s Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where she won the prestigious Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Crowley’s research interests focus on psychobiological aspects of exercise and physical activity, and in particular, stress-related mechanisms by which exercise may help to prevent and treat depression and anxiety disorders. In this capacity, she has conducted research in various populations at risk for depression and anxiety disorders, including soldiers undergoing basic combat training in the United States Army, veterans and active duty military personnel returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with diagnosed Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and women in pregnancy and postpartum at risk for postpartum depression.
Dr. Crowley is currently an Associate Professor of Exercise Science at North Carolina Wesleyan University in Rocky Mount, NC, and also serves as the Masters of Public Health Program Director and Program Coordinator for the Department of Health Promotion. She is highly active in teaching and student-driven research at NCWU, focusing on health aspects of physical activity and exercise in both her teaching and research arenas.
Selected Scholarly Work
Youngstedt SD, Ginsberg JP, Kline CE, Crowley SK, Reynolds AM, Burch JB, Han SY. Bright light treatment of combat-related PTSD: A randomized controlled trial. Military Medicine. 2021. Epub ahead of print.
Crowley SK, Rebellon J, Huber C, Leonard AJ, Henderson D, Magal M. Cardiorespiratory fitness, sleep, and physiological responses to stress in women. Eur J Sport Sci. 2020 Jan 25:1-10. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2020.1716855.
Crowley SK, O’Buckley TK, Schiller CE, Stuebe A, Morrow AL, and Girdler SS. Blunted neuroactive steroid and HPA axis responses to stress are associated with reduced sleep quality and negative affect in pregnancy: a pilot study. Psychopharmacology. 2016; 233(7):1299-310. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26856852
Crowley SK, Pedersen CA, Leserman J, Girdler SS. The Influence of Early Life Sexual Abuse on Oxytocin Concentrations and Premenstrual Symptomatology in Women with a Menstrually Related Mood Disorder. Biological Psychology. 2015; 109: 1-9. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25892085
Brandon AR, Crowley SK, Gordon JL, Girdler SS. Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Depression Related to Reproductive Events. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2014; 16 (12): 526. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25308394
Crowley SK, Wilkinson LL, Wigfall LT, Wooten NR, Reynolds AM, Muraca ST, Glover SH, Wooten NR, Sui X , Beets MW, Durstine JL, Newman-Norlund RD, Youngstedt SD. Physical Fitness and Depressive Symptoms during Army Basic Combat Training. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2015; 47(1):151-8. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24870581
Crowley SK, Girdler SS. Neurosteroid, GABAergic and Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis Regulation: What is the Current State of Knowledge in Humans? Psychopharmacology. 2014; 231:3619-34. Invited Review. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24756763
Goodrich KM, Crowley SK, Lee DC, Sui XS, Hooker SP, Blair SN. Associations of cardiorespiratory fitness and parental history of diabetes with risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 2012; 95(3):425-31. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22119534