Dr. Shalonda K. Crawford, Psy.D
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Shalonda Crawford continues to defy odds. After becoming pregnant and giving birth at the age of 15, despite enormous mountains and valleys, victories and defeats, her will and determination to graduate high school on time would be one of many hurdles for the young mom. The challenge would propel her to study hard and stay focused while juggling the overwhelming responsibility of motherhood. And she did it! She graduated on time and proudly marched in her cap and gown with her own graduating high school class.
After high school, Dr. Crawford spent several years working in entertainment as a back-up singer, solo artist and a music journalist. Finding little fulfillment in those areas, Dr. Crawford decided to take on a few part-time and volunteer jobs working to assist youth, young mothers and underprivileged individuals struggling to make their way back into the mainstream of life, something she was all too familiar with having been a teen mother. It was there where she experienced her highest level of compassion and met head on with her purpose.
Always committed to doing her best, Dr. Crawford immediately enrolled in college where she earned 2 Associate degrees in Management and Business from Davenport University, a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, 2 Master’s degrees in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and also in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, before going on to complete her Doctoral degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. All the while, Dr. Crawford stayed busy in the church and throughout the community, helping single mothers and families in distress with finding housing and other resources and many times, she was that resource. Understanding the need for people to be heard, she would often times just lend her ear and shoulder of compassion.
Within months of achieving her Doctoral degree and within the first year of work, it is no surprise that she has already been promoted as a supervisor at community mental health clinic in East Los Angeles.
Dr. Crawford has worked with women as a therapist in the Los Angeles County Century Regional Detention Center, downtown at Men’s Central/Twin Towers jail and other local institutions throughout Los Angeles. She has worked with children and their families, as well as with adults who are managing various mental illnesses while making their way back into the workplace. She is also a spiritual advisor/counselor who is working to eradicate the stigma associated with Christians seeking counseling for various mental health conditions including chronic depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma.
Her concern for the health and wellbeing of others goes beyond the realms of mental health to include physical health as well. Dr. Crawford is the co-chair for the First Ladies Health Initiative providing free health screening and resources to those in communities disproportionately affected throughout the Los Angeles area. She is currently a committee member of “AHF BLACC Faith” where she has accepted the responsibility of raising awareness to the rise of new HIV/AIDS cases in the community. She speaks on behalf of the foundation to encourage testing, prevention and treatment for those directly and indirectly infected.
Dr. Crawford is a wife, a mother (of 6), and co-pastor alongside her husband, Pastor Shep Crawford of The Experience Christian Ministries (ECM), a progressive and fast-growing church located in South Los Angeles. She is also the founder of “Women Breaking Free” a popular annual women’s conference in Los Angeles now in its 6th year.
Dr. Crawford’s vast and broad experience providing counseling and guidance for a widely diverse clientele has made her one of the most sought-after psychologists of our time.
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