January 6, 2005

des Anges Cruser, PhD, MPA, administrative director of the National Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, was recognized in November as a 2004 Texas Woman of Influence by the Fort Worth Business Press.

The honor is bestowed on women in the Fort Worth/Tarrant County area for their contributions and successes in business and the community. Dr. Cruser was recognized in particular for her work in the area of mental health. She has worked with the families of mentally ill patients, started community programs and worked with community leaders to get support and educate the public about mental illness.

She has served as an assistant commissioner for the Arkansas Division of Mental Health Services, deputy commissioner for the Central Administrative Region of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and deputy assistant director of adult mental health services at Harris County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority. She served on a crisis response team for the Edmond Post Office Massacre and as a mediator for the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

In her current position at the Health Science Center, Dr. Cruser nurtures medical students in research by helping them develop research ideas and design research projects. She also bridges relationships between students and their mentors.

Dr. Cruser is a 1992 graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned a doctor of philosophy degree in interdisciplinary studies and a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas where she earned a masterâ??s degree in public administration. She resides in Arlington, Texas.

Contact: Becky Purvis,, 817-735-5152, pager: 817-216-0345


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