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Cindy Crusto, PhD

Professor Adjunct in Psychiatry; Associate Dean for Gender Equity, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Office for Women in Medicine and Science, Yale School of Medicine; Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Psychiatry; Director, Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research , The Consultation Center; Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Cindy Crusto, PhD



Cindy A. Crusto, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Yale University School of Medicine, is Associate Dean for Gender Equity and Director of the Office for Women in Medicine and Science and the Director of Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research 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

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Yale University School of Medicine (2001)
  • PhD
    University of South Carolina, clinical/community psychology (2000)
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2000)
  • MA
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte, clinical/community psychology (1996)
  • BA
    Vassar College, psychology (1991)


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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate (HEDIC) ProgramAssociation of American Medical Colleges2023
2022 Outstanding Contributions for Mentorship in Racial Justice AwardSociety for Community Research and Action (SCRA), Division 27 of the American Psychological Association2023
FellowHedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program 2021
Award for Distinguished Contribution to Diversity in PsychologyConnecticut Psychological Association2020
FellowAmerican Psychological Association, Society for Community Research and Actin (Division 27)2019
Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Clinical, Teaching, and Administrative ContributionsDepartment of Psychiatry2017
Distinguished Faculty Award, Outstanding Contributions as TeacherPsychology Section, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine2017
Recognition AwardMultiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group, American Evaluation Assoociation2014
Extraordinary ProfessorUniversity of Pretoria2014, 2017
Visiting Distinguished ScholarUniversity of Pretoria2013
Ernest E. Just Minority Graduate Research AwardUniversity of South Carolina1997

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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