Dr. Dykstra-Crookshanks is a sociologist teaching a wide range of courses in the department of Interdisciplinary Programs including Principles of Sociology, Racial & Ethnic Diversity, Contemporary Social Problems, Gender Roles, Minority Groups, Health and Society, Sociology of Aging, Urban Sociology, Society Culture and Self, The Family, Collective Behavior, and Interdisciplinary Research Methods. In each of her courses Dr. Dykstra-Crookshanks emphasizes the development and application of critical thinking, empathy, and application of sociological theory/methods to the “real world”.
Interdisciplinarity has been central to Dr. Dykstra-Crookshanks academic experience which began with her undergraduate experience at Butler University where she earned a degree in Sociology and Psychology with an emphasis in Social Work (and a minor in dance!). Her PhD in Sociology with emphasis in Social Psychology and the Family was earned from the University of Akron. General areas of interest include social psychology, inequality (gender, race, class), and health/medical sociology.
Dr. Dykstra-Crookshanks research has included emotional socialization of children, domestic violence, nurse burnout/wellbeing, graffiti, assessments of online learning and most recently a multimodal project focused on experiences of post-partum depression which looks at the effect of normalization of PPD in American society in addition to evaluating institutional practices within the healthcare system.