Dr. Crooks is the Associate Director of the CAMH Centre for Prevention Science and an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario . Her research involves the development and evaluation of the Fourth R , a relationship-based curriculum aimed at preventing violence and related risk behaviours in adolescents. She is particularly interested in gender strategic programming that meets the unique needs of girls and boys with respect to violence prevention. A national dissemination project is also underway, as well as efforts to adapt the program for use with aboriginal youth. Dr. Crooks is also co-director of a Trillium-funded project investigating sustainability of school-based violence prevention strategies.
Dr. Crooks is a co-developer of the Caring Dads program, a parenting intervention for men who have maltreated (or are at-risk to maltreat) their children. She co-wrote the Caring Dads manual, and has facilitated several of the pilot groups at the London site. Dr. Crooks is Faculty member of the US National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and frequently conducts training in the areas of domestic violence, child maltreatment, and custody and access. She is co-author of numerous articles and chapters on topics including children's exposure to domestic violence, child custody and access, adolescent dating violence and risk behaviour, and intervening with fathers who maltreat their children. She is also co-author of Adolescent Risk Behaviors: Why teens experiment and strategies to keep them safe (Yale University Press, 2006).