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Crudden earned her MSW at Louisiana State University, a Ph.D. and MS from Mississippi State University in Counselor Education, and a B.S. in Educational Psychology, also from MSU. She joined the Social Work faculty on a full-time basis in 1996, after serving as an adjunct instructor for two years; she was appointed Program Director in 2000. Crudden has participated in federally funded research through the MSU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision since 1994. She has published in professional journals, including: The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, The Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Review, and the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Crudden has professional experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, and physical disabilities. She is a former director of the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. Crudden is a Mississippi licensed social worker and counselor. Her research interests include disability, gerontology, job retention among persons with disabilities, women's issues, and health care.

Crudden, Adele, Lynn Cossman, William Sansing, and Herbert Burson. "Emergency Room Demographics, Diagnoses and Frequency of Use Among Mississippi Medicaid Beneficiaries" Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association 50.7 (2009): 219-223.