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Cindy 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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Cindy Crusto, PhD

Mailing Address

  • 300 George St

    New Haven, CT, 06511-

    United States



Cindy A. Crusto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Yale University School of Medicine, is the Director of Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center. Dr. Crusto has more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to schools and to community-based organizations on the evaluation of prevention programs. She is interested in culturally relevant interventions for children from racial/ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds and in school-based behavioral health services. Dr. Crusto's research examines the impact of family violence on children and the ecological influences on child and family well-being, and includes rigorous evaluations of community-based initiatives involving substance use and violence prevention, and the promotion of school readiness.

Dr. Crusto earned a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College, an M.A. in clinical-community psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in clinical-community psychology at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of South Carolina (2000)
  • MA
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1996)
  • BA
    Vassar College, psychology (1991)
  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine


  • Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS/University of Pretoria South Africa
    Middelburg, South Africa (2010-2012)
    Situational Analysis

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Psychological Association, Society for Community Research and Actin (Division 27)2019
Recognition AwardMultiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group, American Evaluation Assoociation2014

Professional Service

American Evaluation AssociationAmerican Evaluation Association Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation Dissemination Working Group2012 - 2014
Yale School of MedicineMinority Organization for Retention and Expansion2011 - 2014
American Evaluation AssociationTask Force on Cultural Competence in Evaluation, Diversity Committee2005 - 2011

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