Martha Crago is the Vice-President (Research) and Professor in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-Rector (International and Governmental Relations) at the Université de Montreal, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs) at McGill University.
She has served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and as a member of the University Advisory Group at Industry Canada.
Dr. Crago is founder and Chair of the Board for the Halifax Marine Research Institute. She is also presently the Canadian academic member of the federal government's Joint Canada-Brazil Committee and of the boards of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Marine Environment Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) as well as the Nova Scotia Carbon Capture and Storage and Ocean Network Canada. In addition she has been on the Advisory Councils of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada and the National Research Council-Institute of Marine Biosciences. At Dalhousie University, she chairs a variety of other research institutes governing councils and committees such as the Brain Repair Center Coordinating Committee, the Life Sciences Research Institute Governing Council and the Ocean Tracking Network Council.
Martha Crago is an active member of the Vice Presidents (Research) of the U15 group of Canada's research intense universities, and of the Vice Presidents (Research) Group of the Atlantic Association of Universities. Previously she was a member of the American Association of Universities graduate studies group, the Universitas 21's Research Directors and Graduate Studies Group and the Board of the US Council of Graduate Schools. She was the founder of the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities and one of the founders of the International Forum for Public Universities, a consortium of 21 non-English language world-class universities.
Dr. Crago has been an active researcher in language acquisition. Her work has been published extensively in scientific journals and books and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psycholinguistics published by Cambridge University Press. She was Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language from 2007-2010. Dr. Crago was named Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes academiques by the government of France in 2009 and Femme de Merite de Montreal in 2000. She is also the recipient of a prize from McGill University for her contributions to research.