Dr. Cross is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University-School of Social Work and a Tribal Researcher and Consultant. She is a citizen of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. She has taught for Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, SCIT College, and Arizona State University. Her research and publication topics include; U.S. Boarding School Trauma, American Indian Grand Families, and Cultural Response to Physical Pain. In addition, she has presented for international, national, regional conferences. She has received several awards for her dedication to the social work profession. She works for collaboration between Academe and Tribal Nations for the benefit of both entities. She is a traditional dancer, a beadwork and shawl artisan. Also, in the past, she and her husband have provided foster care for American Indian children.