Kristen Crusoe, Ed.D., M.S.N.

Kristen Crusoe


Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, Ore. 97239


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I am passionate about bringing a strength-based, positive, appreciative approach to influencing human and organizational systems towards transformative change and innovation. My interest lies in complexity science frameworks for leadership and management which brings a holistic rather than reductionist perspective to systems. I have experience in both acute and community based care systems. I have practiced in a variety of leadership positions in healthcare and academia including nurse manager, clinical director, SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) dean, and consultant. I currently teach in the Health Systems Organizational Leadership (HSOL) Program and also the Oregon Public Health Program. Over my career, I have enjoyed extensive organizational leadership experience at all levels of functioning, specializing in group dynamics and complexity science applications to organizational environments. With a clinical background in psychiatric and mental health nursing, the experience of working with individuals and groups translates into principles that apply in organizational settings, especially in managing conflict and building positive group and team interactions.

In addition to my work with OHSU, I have a private consulting practice where I facilitate organizational change and transformation using non-linear dynamic processes such as Appreciative Inquiry and Human Systems Dynamic.


Oregon State University, Doctor of Education
Oregon Health & Science University, Master of Nursing
Tallahassee Community College, Associate of Sciences Degree Nursing
Florida State University, BA International Affairs


Assistant Professor Nursing Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Associate Dean Southwestern Oregon Community College Faculty Consultant and Instructor
Idaho State University Rural Nurse


Motivational Interviewing Appreciative Inquiry Motivating Success
Rural Nurse Leadership Capacity Building Initiative
Whole system redesign

Practice Activities

Human Systems Dynamics Professional Consultant
Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and Consultant
Yoga of Awareness Therapeutic Practitioner


Coos Community Café/Southwestern Oregon Community College Collaboration


Buckland, H. Shepp, K. & Crusoe, K. (2013) Defining happiness for young adults with schizophrenia; A building block for recovery. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 27 (5) 235-40.

Crusoe, K. (2012) SOARing in Cyberspace. Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner. Feb. 2012; London, UK.

Crusoe, K. (2012) Appreciative Inquiry: A Model for Positive Change and Innovation. The Rural Nurse. Springer Press: New York.

Crusoe,K. (2001) A phenomenological study of interprofessional collaboration between a community college and selected social service agencies. Doctoral dissertation, Oregon State University. ERIC: Berkeley: CA.

Crusoe, K. and Hayward, J. (1995) Curriculum Development for the Certificate of Advanced Mastery in Health Services; Issues and Recommendations. Unpublished White Paper.

Crusoe, K. and Hayward, J. (1995) Health Services Certificate of Advanced Mastery and the Future for Community Colleges in Oregon. Unpublished White Paper.

Crusoe, K. and Plank, R. (1993) Comprehensive Health and Physical Assessment for the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Ross, A., Fotheringham, D., & Crusoe, K. (2014) Re-valuing nursing’s currency: Shifting away from hierarchal binary opposition. Nurse Education Today.