BA Lee College, 1989
M.Div. Church of God School of Theology, 1991
D.Min. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Coun. Midwestern College
Dr. Cranfill has held the positions of contract chaplain for the VA Healthcare System, pediatric staff chaplain, and pediatric grief counselor, director of pastoral care, clinical member of the South Texas Sexual Assault Response Team, and system director of bereavement services for a six hospital healthcare system. Dr. Cranfill’s educational experience includes a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences School of Nursing, an adjunct faculty appointment at Patten College in Oakland, CA, an appointment as adjunct and clinical faculty at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and an appointment as National Faculty for Resolve Through Sharing Perinatal Loss Bereavement Education with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. He maintains a small private counseling practice dedicated to nurses and other healthcare providers.
Dr. Cranfill’s pediatric work spans 10 years of caring for terminally-ill children, adolescents, and their families. His D.Min. dissertation was titled “Giving Sorrow Words: Turning Mourning into Dancing- Improving the Quality of Life in Terminally-Ill Children, Adolescents, and Adults Through the Use of Therapeutic Videography. Dr. Cranfill’s second dissertation is titled, “Shared Vulnerabilities: Coalescing Contributors to the Problem of Substance Misuse and Abuse Among Nurses – A Qualitative Study.”
Dr. Cranfill’s interests include grief work, trauma, spirituality, and research. Dr. Cranfill has contributed to and edited several works related to perinatal grief and loss.