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

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Psychology Section | The Consultation Center: YaleEval | Yale Global Mental Health Program


Program for Biomedical Ethics

Status of Women in Medicine Committee (SWIM)

Yale Center for Health & Learning Games

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


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 15 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

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognition AwardMultiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group, American Evaluation Assoociation (2014)

Professional Service

  • American Evaluation Association (2012 - 2014) American Evaluation Association Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation Dissemination Working Group

  • Yale School of Medicine (2011 - 2014) Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion

  • American Evaluation Association (2005 - 2011) Task Force on Cultural Competence in Evaluation, Diversity Committee


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

    Situational Analysis

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