Doug Crawford was one of two children born to Florence and Raymond Crawford. He and his sister, Barbara grew up in Barrington , attended St Rose of Lima and St. Francis De Sales church and graduated from nearby Haddon Heights High School . His wife Susan and he were married in 1970 and have two children, Heather and Michele and a grandson, Connor.
After graduating form Glassboro State College ( Rowan University ) as an elementary and special education teacher, he taught developmentally delayed children, led a special education scout troop, was a Special Olympics planner and completed a master's degree in counseling in 1972. At Rutgers University in 1974, he finished social worker requirements enabling him to serve on a public school child study team where he performed child study team evaluations and wrote Title One and State Compensatory Educations grants for needy children in Gloucester Township Schools and six parochial schools in the Camden Diocese.
In 1977, Doug began his doctoral studies in Psychology at Temple University . During his pre-doctoral internship, he taught in the Glassboro State College Early Childhood Department and provided teacher in-services throughout South Jersey . Doug is an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Rowan University where he has taught Counseling Processes and Procedures and the graduate Practicum seminar.
After receiving his doctorate in 1982, Doug began his clinical internship working specifically with neglected and abused children culminating in a license to practice psychology in 1984. He was subsequently elected to member status in the American Psychological Association and later received a diplomate in Forensic Psychology. Since that time, he maintained and independent psychology practice with a forensic specialty in child abuse, founded the Horizon Counseling Center in Audubon and serves as a consultant to the Division of Youth and Family Services and an expert witness for the Superior Court of New Jersey.
In 1989, he co-authored the book, "Healing After Abortion" and has given numerous clergy and lay conferences at Notre Dame, Marquette and in various dioceses. He has also served as a consulting psychologist to various dioceses and religious orders relative to pre-noviate assessment, Project Rachel, abortion, parenting skills, vocational choice and human development.
At St. Rose of Lima , Doug and Susan have taught CCD, served on Parish Council and have sung in the choir for many years. Ordained to the Diaconate in 2005, at St. Rose of Lima Doug is the coordinator of RCIA and carries out various pastoral and liturgical duties. In the diaconate program for the Diocese of Camden , Doug is the coordinator of Human Development and serves on the Priest Health Panel, the Admission and Scrutinies Board, and the Diaconate Leadership Committee. Susan and he are also members of a monthly diaconate couples prayer group. In the community, he coached his daughter's basketball and soccer teams, was an Indian Princess dad and, prior to ordination, served in the Knights of Columbus, Audubon Business and Professional Association and the Haddonfield Rotary. Doug and Susan work together at Horizon Counseling Center and spend much of their summer in the Pocono Mountains with their family. They also both journal, play scrabble and attend concerts on a regular basis. Doug enjoys playing duffer golf and, once a month for years, has played pinochle with friends.