A. Elizabeth Crunk

A. Elizabeth Crunk
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Human Development
(202) 994-1312

Dr. Elizabeth Crunk’s research bears on issues of grief, loss, death, and dying, with a particular focus on understanding the strategies that individuals employ to cope with their grief following loss. Her most recent project involved the development and validation of the first instrument for assessing grief coping strategies, entitled the Coping Assessment for Bereavement and Loss Experiences (CABLE; Crunk, 2017). Her research also focuses on complicated grief – a protracted, debilitating grief response – as well as self-management strategies for coping with bereavement and related traumas, such as bibliotherapy and mobile health apps.

Loss is a universal human experience that can have profound effects on individuals at any stage of life, and one that often does so at multiple points across the lifespan. Thus, much of Dr. Crunk’s andragogy and clinical practice is informed by a human development perspective, honoring the variations in which grief manifests itself between individual grievers from early childhood to late adulthood. For instance, prior to joining the faculty of the George Washington University, Dr. Crunk worked as a counselor at the University of Memphis Counseling Center, where she provided services to a diverse population of college students, many of whom were facing grief stemming from loss and transition. She has also provided school-based mental health counseling for children and adolescents at a Title I elementary school in Central Florida. Dr. Crunk is a reviewer for the Journal of College Counseling and an ad hoc reviewer for the Adultspan Journal.

Dr. Crunk is also committed to promoting international counseling efforts and currently serves as Secretary for the Mediterranean Region of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association (MR-EB- ACA). She has presented nationally and internationally on issues related to grief and loss, counseling, and education. Dr. Crunk is the faculty advisor for Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society – Rho Theta Chapter for the 2017-2018 year.

Mission: To shape the field of counseling by advancing research and discourse on issues of grief, loss, death, and dying in order to improve assessment, interventions, and outcomes for diverse individuals and groups facing loss and related traumas, and to enhance the grief competencies of helping professionals across the globe.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Central Florida
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodologies, University of Central Florida
M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the University of Memphis
B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French, the University of Memphis


Crunk, A. E. (2018). An uneventful termination session. In M.S. Corey, G. Corey, & C. Corey (Eds), Groups: Process and practice (10th ed.) (pp. 319-320). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Crunk, A. E., & Barden, S. M. (2017). The common factors discrimination model: An integrated approach to counselor supervision. The Professional Counselor, 7(1), 62-75. DOI: 10.15241/aec.7.1.62

Crunk, A. E., Burke, L. A., & Robinson, E. H. (2017). Complicated grief: An evolving theoretical landscape. Journal of Counseling & Development, 95, 225-232. DOI: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00000.x

Bonin, E. P., Neimeyer, R. A., Alves, D., Smigelsky, M., & Crunk, A. E. (2016). Innovative moments in humanistic therapy I: Process and outcome of eminent psychotherapists working with bereaved clients. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 00(00), 1-29. DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2015.1118712

Solomon, C., Belser, C., Bierbrauer, S., Harris, S., Wheeler, N., Crunk, A. E., & Lambie, G. (2016). The experiences of elementary school students and their caregivers with a school-based counseling practicum program. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling. DOI: 10.1080/23727810.2016.1228771

In the News

Dr. Elizabeth Crunk was featured in the Huffington Post article, "What Not to Say to Someone Grieving During the Coronavirus Crisis."

Dr. Elizabeth Crunk led a webinar sponsored by Hospice Foundation of America called, "Adverse Childhood Experiences as a Risk Factor for Complicated Grief."  

Dr. Elizabeth Crunk and GSEHD alumna Dr. Yoonsuh Moh (Ph.D., Counseling) presented a session entitled "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Risk of Complicated Grief" at the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

GSEHD Counseling updates from the European Branch of the American Counseling Association conference in Greece last week:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Crunk presented "Love and Loss: Incorporating Attachment Theory into Grief Counseling."
  • Dr. Mary DeRaedt presented "Trauma, Dissociation and Refugee Children: Understanding and Treatment"
  • GSEHD doctoral candidate Olivia Bentley presented "Prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue in social justice advocates."
  • Doctoral candidate Diona Emmanuel presented "Self-Exploration through Expressive Arts."
  • Doctoral candidates Diona Emmanuel and Kshipra Jain presented "Integrating Expressive Arts and Mindfulness into Substance Abuse Counseling Groups." In addition, Kshipra Jain and Diona Emmanuel presented "Implementing Multicultural Approaches in Supervision and Training."