In addition to leading the college, Crouter also conducts research on growing up in dual-earner families and on daily work dynamics. Along with Susan McHale, she co-directs the Penn State Family Relationships Project (FRP), an NICHD-funded longitudinal study of gender socialization in dual-earner families.
Crouter, who was named the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development in 2007, joined the Penn State faculty as an assistant professor of human development in 1981. She was promoted to associate professor of human development in 1987 and to professor of human development in 1993. In 2006, she was awarded Penn State's Faculty Scholar Medal for Excellence in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Two years earlier, she earned the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and English in 1976 from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in 1982 in human development and family studies from Cornell University.