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



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

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Contact Info

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

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