Department of Psychology

Dr. Tracy Cruise

Tracy Cruise, Ph.D.

Tracy Cruise, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Psychology Clinic
132 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309/298-1745
Fax: 309/298-2179 

Additional Information


Dr. Cruise earned her PhD in School Psychology in 1998 from Illinois State University. Her Master’s is in Clinical Psychology (1993) from Illinois State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in 1991. Her dissertation was entitled An Examination of Differences Between Peer- vs. Adult-Perpetrated Child Sexual Abuse: The Effects and Mediators. Dr. Cruise is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed school psychologist in Illinois.

Teaching Areas: 

Dr. Cruise teaches undergraduate courses, including PSY 380 Introduction to Clinical Psychology and PSY 251 Personality and Adjustment. Within the School Psychology program, she teaches PSY 541 Practicum I: Orientation to School Psychology; PSY 543 School Psychology Practicum III: Consultation & Assessment; and PSY 544 School Psychology Practicum IV: Evaluation & Intervention. Courses she instructs in the Clinical/Community Mental Health program include PSY 571 Group Processes and Group Psychotherapy; PSY 574 Professional Issues in Clinical/Community Mental Health; and PSY 576 Family Therapy. Dr. Cruise also provides clinical supervision and direct services in WIU’s Psychology Clinic.

Research Interests:

Historically, Dr. Cruise has been interested in the predictors of negative outcomes for sexual abuse victims. For example, do factors associated with abuse or aspects that occur after the abuse (e.g., disclosure or cognitive interpretation) predict outcomes. More recently, Dr. Cruise's research interests regard supervision and how direct training in supervision impacts supervisor and supervisee satisfaction.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Cruise, T. K. (2010). Sexual abuse of children and adolescents. In A. S. Canter, L. Z. Paige, M. D. Roth, I. Romero, & S. A. Carroll (Eds.), Helping children at home and school III: Handouts for families and educators. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Cruise, T. K., & Swerdlik, M. E. (2010). Problematic behaviors: Mediating differences and negotiating change. In J. Kaufman, T. L. Hughes, and C. A. Riccio (Eds.), Handbook of Education, Training, and Supervision of School Psychologists in School and Community, Volume II: Bridging the Training and Practice Gap: Building Collaborative University/Field Practices (pp. 129-154). New York: Taylor Francis/Routledge.

Kelly, R., Cruise, T., Walsh, J., Swerdlik, M., & Newman, D. (February, 2013). State Wide Internship Plan Ratings: Consideration of Professional Competencies. Presented at the 6th Annual Trainers of School Psychologists poster session held in conjunction with the National Conference on Contemporary Issues in School Psychology Education & Training, Seattle, WA.