Biographical Statement

I have worked in the field of pediatric nursing for more than 30 years. My specific population of interest is children with disabilities and their families, a group that captured my heart very early in my career. I have worked as a floor nurse, home care nurse, long term care nurse, pediatric intensive care nurse, nurse educator, pediatric clinical nurse specialist, and finally as an assistant professor. I have long wanted to give the families of children with disabilities a voice. This was the impetus for me going back for my doctoral degree and my work in research with families of children who use a speech generating device.


  • Associate of Science in Nursing, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 1980.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian, IN, 1997.
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Children at Risk, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, 2002.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2009.      

Professional Activities

  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 1990-2008
    • Pediatric Special Interest Group Co-Chair, 1984
    • Pediatric Special Interest Group Chair, 1985
    • Conference Local Chair, 1995
  • Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 1990-2005
    • Positions held: Secretary, Vice-President, President, Ex-Officio President, Conference Chair
  • Developmental Disabilities Nurse Association, 1993-2009
  • Indiana Chapter of DDNA , 1993-2009
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter , 2000-2011
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2002-2011
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2002-2011
  • American Speech and Hearing Association, 2008-2009. 2012-present
  • International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2008-2009
  • National League of Nursing, 2012- present

Courses Taught

  • S483 Clinical Nurse Practice Capstone, 2003-2004
  • S484  Research Utilization Seminar, 2003-2004, 2012, 2013
  • B231  Communication for Health Professionals , 2011-2012
  • B230  Developmental Issues in Health, 2012-2012

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • Synergy (nursing faculty coordination), 2011-present
  • Academic Affairs, 2012-2014
  • Faculty Senate, 2012-2014
  • Grievance Board, 2012-2014
  • APA coordinator, Division of Nursing, 2013-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Campus Counselor, 2012-2014

Research Activities

Completed Master's Studies

Pilot research study: How Parent’s Evaluate Self-Esteem in their Non-Verbal Child with a Disability. Served as Co-investigator of this exempt study using narrative analysis to study how parents evaluate the self-esteem of their child who is unable to speak and has a disability. Spring 2002.

Completed Doctoral Studies

  • Pilot research study: Parent’s Likes and Dislikes Regarding their Child’s Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) Device. Spring 2008.
  • Doctoral Research Study: Family Experiences with Their Child’s Use of a Speech Generating Device. Fall 2009.

Awards & Activities

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter, Scholarship, 2000.
  • Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, 2001.
  • Midwest Nursing Research Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Award, 2002.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2002.
  • Jessie Cross Graduate Nursing Scholarship, 2002.
  • PhD Fellowship in Nursing, 2005-2006.
  • William and Doris Rodie Dissertation Scholarship, 2009.
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Pediatric Section, Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2010.


  • Mayes, K. & Crisp, C. (1991). Ensuring Growth and Development in the Hospitalized Rehabilitation Client, Kansas City, MO
  • Crisp, C. (1992). Sexuality and the School-Ager with a Chronic Disability, Association of Rehabilitation Nurse’s Conference, Pittsburg, PA
  • Crisp, C. (1995). Developing a Comprehensive Orientation Program for Nonlicensed Personnel in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Setting. Association of Rehabilitation Nurse’s Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Crisp, C. (2002). The Nurses Role in Sexuality Teaching for Children with Disabilities, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • Crisp, C. (2005). Are PEGs Making Dinosaurs of Other Types of Enteral Tubes, Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ellett, M. & Crisp, C. (2006). Using Algoritms to Improve the Safety and Cost Efficacy of Nursing Practice, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, San   Antonio, TX
  • Crisp, C. (2007). Are PEGs Making Dinosaurs of Other Types of Enteral Tubes. Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Omaha, NE
  • Crisp, C. (2009). Out of the Chrysalis of Silence and into a World of Possibilities: Family Experiences of Having a Child using a Speech Generating Device, Institute for Interpretive Phenomenology, Indianapolis, IN
  • Crisp, C. (2009) Poster: No One to Help Me: Family Frustrations with Their Child’s AAC Device, Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Crisp, C. (2009) The Role of the Nurse in Using SGD for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients, Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Indianapolis, IN.      
  • Crisp, C. (2010). Out of the Chrysalis of Silence, into a World of Possibilities. Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Kansas City, MO

Civic Engagement

  • ASK Advisory Board Member, 2007-present
    • Executive Board Member, 2008-2011
    • Board Secretary, 2008
  • Development Recruitment and Retention Committee, 2008-2010
    • Chair Elect, 2009
    • Board Chair, 2010
  • Riley Child Development Center Research Committee, 2008-2011
  • Riley Child Development Center Telemedicine Committee, 2008-2011
  • MNRS Pediatric Pre-Conference Committee, 2008
  • Indiana Governors Planning Counsel for Persons with Disabilities
    • Board Member, 2010-present
  • MNRS Conference Reviewer, 2010
  • CANS Abstract Reviewer, 2010
  • Indiana Coalition on Post Secondary Education Family Committee, 2010-present
  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Peer Reviewer, 2010
  • Rehabilitation Nursing Journal Peer Reviewer, 2010
  • Pediatric Nursing Journal Peer Reviewer, 2010-present