Helen Crawford of Blacksburg, Va., professor of psychology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "professor emerita" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting March 27.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987, Crawford focused her research and teaching on cognitive psychology, hypnosis, and pain control. She was as director of the Psychological Science graduate program from 1996 to 2004, and served as assistant dean in the former College of Arts and Sciences.

She was active in national and international professional societies as an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the American Psychological Society and the International Organization of Psychophysiology, and as president of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

An active scholar in cognitive neuroscience, Crawford wrote more than 75 published journal articles, books, and book chapters and more then 200 scientific presentations. In 2003, she received the Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence from the International Society of Hypnosis, and the Bernard B. Raginsky Award for Leadership and Achievement from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in 1992. .

Crawford received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fresno, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college is dedicated to fostering a research intensive environment and offers programs in nano-scale and biological sciences, information theory and science, and supports research centers—in areas such as biomedical and public health sciences, and critical technology and applied science—that encompass other colleges at the university. The College of Science also houses programs in pre-medicine and scientific law.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.

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