Project Description

TCU Institute of Child Development

David R. Cross, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, and a Professor in the TCU Department of Psychology. Dr. Cross leads the Institute in its triple mission of research, education, and outreach to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications about issues regarding at-risk children, including those who have experienced early trauma.

David earned his B.S. from California State University Fresno with a major in Psychology, and then attended The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for graduate study, beginning in 1980. He earned an M.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Statistics. He later earned a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. In 1985, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in TCU’s Department of Psychology.

David’s wife, Trudy, is a retired Kindergarten teacher and a practicing Grandmother. His daughter, Jennifer, graduated from TCU in 2003, and works for APTIM as an environmental engineer. His son, Nathan, is a former USMC Captain, and works as an archivist for the Naval History and Heritage Command.

2019 Conference Session – TRBI Presentation: Layers of Change: A Deep Dive Into the Mechanisms and Motivations for Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organization