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Cindy Crusto, PhD

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

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 20 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

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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

Mental Health; Child/Adolescent Health; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice

Selected Publications

  • Evaluation of a mental health consultation intervention in preschool settingsCrusto, 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.
  • 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.
  • Evaluation of wraparound services for children exposed to violence. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International JournalCrusto, 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 violenceBerent, 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.
  • A Practitioners’ Guide to Evaluating Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment ProgramsCrusto, 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