Crystal earned her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2010 and joined the Project in 2012. She has worked directly with both individuals with developmental disabilities and at-risk adolescents. Currently, she is a research assistant for the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she works with middle school students who struggle with writing to investigate writing strategies.
Her research interests include motivation and learning, educational policy, and adolescent development. When she has spare time, Crystal enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.