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

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: YaleEval

Status of Women in Medicine Committee (SWIM)

Yale Center for Health & Learning Games

Global Health Studies

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 YH, Ferguson M, Crusto CA. Exposure to traumatic events and health-related quality of life in preschool-aged children. Quality Of Life Research : An International Journal Of Quality Of Life Aspects Of Treatment, Care And Rehabilitation 2013, 22:2159-68.

  • 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 FJ, Roberts YH, Crusto CA, Connell CM, Griffin A, Finley MK, Radway S, Marshall T, Kaufman JS. Exposure to traumatic events and the behavioral health of children enrolled in an early childhood system of care. Journal Of Traumatic Stress 2012, 25:700-4.

  • 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 RP, Cook JR, Crusto C, Strater KP, Haber MG. Understanding the ecology and development of children and families experiencing homelessness: implications for practice, supportive services, and policy. The American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry 2012, 82:389-401.

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

    Crusto CA, Whitson ML, Walling SM, Feinn R, Friedman SR, Reynolds J, Amer M, Kaufman JS. Posttraumatic stress among young urban children exposed to family violence and other potentially traumatic events. Journal Of Traumatic Stress 2010, 23:716-24.

  • 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.

    Friedman SR, Reynolds J, Quan MA, Call S, Crusto CA, Kaufman JS. 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 YH, Snyder FJ, Kaufman JS, Finley MK, Griffin A, Anderson J, Marshall T, Radway S, Stack V, Crusto CA. Children exposed to the arrest of a family member: Associations with mental health. Journal Of Child And Family Studies 2014, 23:214-244.

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

    Kaufman JS, Crusto CA, Quan M, Ross E, Friedman SR, O'Rielly K, Call S. Utilizing program evaluation as a strategy to promote community change: evaluation of a comprehensive, community-based, family violence initiative. American Journal Of Community Psychology 2006, 38:191-200.

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Psychiatry300 George St
New Haven, CT 06511-

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