Cindy Ann Crusto, PhD

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

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Years active at Yale: 2001- present

Dr. Crusto is being recognized for excellence in her leadership role addressing culture, context, and human diversity in clinical work and community. She is an associate professor and assistant chair for diversity in the Department of Psychiatry, and the director of program evaluation and child trauma research at The Consultation Center. She is an expert in culture and diversity affecting work, community, research,and program evaluation. She chaired a task force in the American Evaluation Association that developed practice guidelines for addressing culture and context in the profession and in the provision of evaluation services to the public and to evaluation consumers. She is the assistant chair for diversity in the Department of Psychiatry and the chair of the psychology section committee on diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Crusto is known for her work in community-engaged research, program evaluation and research, and intervention work in children’s exposure to psychological trauma, particularly childhood exposure to intimate partner violence and its impact on their health and wellbeing. 

Dr. Crusto was a visiting scholar and an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She mentors psychology pre-doctoral fellows, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and medical students. Using “Making the Invisible Visible,” a 3-hour guided museum tour, Dr. Crusto mentors Yale medical students to help them develop, implement, and evaluate art observation to facilitate dialogue about biases and their influence on personal and professional interaction.