Cindy A Crusto, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Assistant Chair for Diversity, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research at The Consultation Center

Research Interests

Family; Mental Health; Minority Groups; Social Conditions; Social Problems; Violence; Global Health; Domestic Violence; Cultural Diversity; Substance-Related Disorders; Risk Reduction Behavior; Psychiatry and Psychology; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena

Public Health Interests

Child Mental Health; Culture; Families; Psychosocial risk factors; Violence

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Psychology Section | The Consultation Center

Faculty Research

play2PREVENT

SWIM

Global Health Initiative

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Dr. Crusto has extensive experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of child and family prevention and intervention programs and initiatives. She has 15 years of experience providing training and technical assistance to staff of community-based organizations in program evaluation design and implementation. She has directed several statewide and community-based initiatives and programs focused in the areas of family violence, education, youth substance use/abuse, child protective services, early literacy, service system development, and host of other children’s mental health related issues.

Dr. Crusto’s research interests are focused on understanding the impact of family violence exposure on young children’s well-being and on identifying the factors that serve to place young children at risk and protect against negative developmental outcomes through basic and intervention research.

Specialized Terms: Social determinants of health; Children's exposure to trauma; Family violence; Program and service system evaluation; School-based mental health; Community-academic partnerships; Prevention and health promotion

Selected Publications

  • Traumatic impact of young children’s exposure to arrest Roberts, Y. H., Crusto, C. A., & Kaufman, J. S. (2012). Traumatic impact of young children’s exposure to arrest. Journal of Trauma & Treatment, 1:e108. doi:10.4172/2167-1222.1000e108
  • Exposure to traumatic events and health-related quality of life in preschool-aged children

    Roberts, Y. H., Ferguson, M., & Crusto, C. A. (2012). Exposure to traumatic events and health-related quality of life in preschool-aged children, Quality of Life Research, Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0330-4 PMCID: PMC3616160.

  • Evaluation of a mental health consultation intervention in preschool settings Crusto, C.A., Melissa L. Whitson, M.L., Feinn, R., Gargiulo, J., Holt, C., Paulicin, B., Simmons, W., & Lowell, D.I. Evaluation of a mental health consultation intervention in preschool settings. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, in press.
  • Exposure to traumatic events and the behavioral health of children enrolled in an early childhood system of care.

    Snyder, F. J., Roberts, Y. H., Crusto, C. A., Connell, C. M., Griffin, A., Finley, M. K., Radway, S., Marshall, T., & Kaufman, J. S. (2012). Exposure to traumatic events and the behavioral health of children enrolled in an early childhood system of care.

  • Scalar equivalence in self-rated depressive symptomatology as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory-II: Do racial and gender differences in college students exist? Hooper, L. M., Qu, L., Crusto, C., & Huffman, L. Scalar equivalence in self-rated depressive symptomatology as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory-II: Do racial and gender differences in college students exist? Psychology. [Special Issue on Depression], 2012(3), 762-774.
  • Understanding the ecology and development of children and families experiencing homelessness: Implications for practice, supportive services, and policy

    Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Crusto, C.A., Strater, K.P., and Haber, M.G. Understanding the ecology and development of children and families experiencing homelessness: Implications for practice, supportive services, and policy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(3), 2012, 389-401.

  • Posttraumatic stress among young urban children exposed to family violence and other potentially traumatic events.

    Crusto, C.A., Whitson, M.L., Walling, S.N., Feinn, R., Friedman, S.R., Reynolds, J., Amer, M., and Kaufman, J.S. (2010) Posttraumatic stress among young urban children exposed to family violence and other potentially traumatic events.

  • Evaluation of wraparound services for children exposed to violence. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal Crusto, C.A., Lowell, D., Paulicin, B., Reynolds, J., Feinn, R., Friedman, S.R. and Kaufman, J.S. Evaluation of wraparound services for children exposed to violence. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 2008, 4(1):1-18.
  • Development and psychometric refinement of a screening tool for young children exposed to violence Berent, R., Crusto, C.A., Hightower, D., Epstein, M. and Kaufman, J.S. Development and psychometric refinement of a screening tool for young children exposed to violence, Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 2008, 4(1):19-30.
  • Measuring changes in interagency collaboration: An examination of the Bridgeport Safe Start Initiative, Evaluation and Program Planning

    Friedman, S.R., Reynolds, J., Quan, M.A., Call, S., Crusto, C.A, and Kaufman, J.S. Measuring changes in interagency collaboration: An examination of the Bridgeport Safe Start Initiative, Evaluation and Program Planning, 2007, 30:294-306.

  • A Practitioners’ Guide to Evaluating Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Programs Crusto, C.A., Ross, E., Kaufman, J.S. & The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Inc. (2006) A Practitioners’ Guide to Evaluating Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Programs
  • Children exposed to the arrest of a family member: Associations with mental health.

    Roberts YH1, Snyder FJ1, Kaufman JS1, Finley MK2, Griffin A2, Anderson J3, Marshall T4, Radway S5, Stack V6, Crusto CA1. (2014) Children exposed to the arrest of a family member: Associations with mental health.

  • Utilizing program evaluation as a strategy to promote community change: evaluation of a comprehensive, community-based, family violence initiative.

    Kaufman, J.S., Crusto, C.A., Quan, M., Ross, E., Friedman, S.R., O’Reilly, K. and Call, S. (2006) Utilizing program evaluation as a strategy to promote community change: evaluation of a comprehensive, community-based, family violence initiative.

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Cindy A Crusto, PhD
Mailing Address
Department of Psychiatry300 George St
New Haven, CT 06511-

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