Deena Crawford, MSW, LCSW

Adjunct Faculty

Deena Crawford, L.C.S.W., is the director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Counseling Services.  She was hired as a clinical therapist in the Counseling Center in 2005 and then served in the role of Program Administrator in 2007 until her current position as director.  She also served as the director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention grant that established the mental health training and prevention initiative on the Southern Miss campus.  She works collaboratively within student affairs and academic affairs to promote healthy mind initiative and currently serves as chair of the Southern Miss CARE team, a student-centered approach to providing services to students with mental health issues and behaviors that interrupt the learning environment.   

Prior to her work in higher education, Mrs. Crawford was a clinical therapist with Pine Grove Addiction and Behavioral Services in Hattiesburg, MS, working with adolescents, eating disorders, addictions, and professionals in crisis.  She continues to serve as a training and development speaker for Pine Grove.  Her prior administrative experience includes grant writing and management and educational outreach for the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention Center in Hattiesburg, MS.  She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with her bachelor’s degree in English and taught high school English and creative writing at Oak Grove High School before returning to Southern Miss for her Master’s degree in Social Work.  She currently serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.  She lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with her husband and two sons.