Cindy Crusto


Cindy A. Crusto, PhD, 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. Cindy’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.

She is the Associate Dean for Gender Equity and the Director of the Office for Women in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Additionally, she is professor of psychology in psychiatry, and deputy chair for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.

Cindy 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.

Cindy is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, so music, dance, and all the arts give her life.