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Cynthia D. Crosson Professor Emerita, Fitchburg State University

Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Tower is a national expert on child abuse and neglect and the author of numerous books and publications, including Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective, When Children Are Abused: An Educator’s Guide to Intervention, Secret Scars: A Guide for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Homeless Students, A Clergy Guide to Child Abuse and Neglect, and How Schools Can Combat Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, she has authored several monographs including Designing and Implementing a School Reporting Protocol: A How-to-Manual for Massachusetts Teachers for the Children's Trust Fund in Boston and An Educator’s Guide to School Reporting Protocol for Catholic Schools. Dr. Crosson-Tower has taught in the behavioral sciences department at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts for 24 years, also founding the Child Protection Institute and serving as director there. She has consulted for schools, churches, and social agencies and offers workshops and training nationally and internationally. Dr. Crosson-Tower also maintains a private practice, Harvest Counseling and Consultation, specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.