Cindy A. Crusto

Title(s)Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
Address1975 Zonal Ave.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Title(s)Senior Associate Dean for Program Development, Effectiveness, and Evaluation in the Office of Faculty Affairs, Advancement, and Inclusion


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    1. Vicarious Racism, Direct Racism, and Mental Health Among Racialized Minority Healthcare Workers. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Nov 07. Hennein R, Tiako MJN, Bonumwezi J, Tineo P, Boatright D, Crusto C, Lowe SR. PMID: 37935947.
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    2. Five Strategies Leaders in Academic Medicine Can Implement Now to Enhance Gender Equity. J Med Internet Res. 2023 06 13; 25:e47933. Allan JM, Brooks AK, Crusto C, Feld LD, Oxentenko AS, Spector ND, Verduzco-Gutierrez M, Silver JK. PMID: 37310782; PMCID: PMC10337456.
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    3. Latent Class Analysis of Depressive Symptom Phenotypes Among Black/African American Mothers. Nurs Res. 2023 Mar-Apr 01; 72(2):93-102. Perez NB, D'Eramo Melkus G, Wright F, Yu G, Vorderstrasse AA, Sun YV, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 36729771; PMCID: PMC9992148.
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    4. Epigenome-wide association study of BMI in Black populations from InterGEN and GENOA. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2023 01; 31(1):243-255. Taylor JY, Huang Y, Zhao W, Wright ML, Wang Z, Hui Q, Potts-Thompson S, Barcelona V, Prescott L, Yao Y, Crusto C, Kardia SLR, Smith JA, Sun YV. PMID: 36479596; PMCID: PMC10107734.
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    5. The Interaction of Trauma Exposure and DNA Methylation on Blood Pressure Among Black Women in the InterGEN Study. Epigenet Insights. 2022; 15:25168657221138510. Caceres BA, Huang Y, Barcelona V, Wang Z, Newhall KP, Cerdeña JP, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 36466626; PMCID: PMC9716582.
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    6. Stress Overload and DNA Methylation in African American Women in the Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure Study. Epigenet Insights. 2022; 15:25168657221126314. Kalinowski J, Huang Y, Rivas MA, Barcelona V, Wright ML, Crusto C, Spruill T, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 36246163; PMCID: PMC9554129.
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    7. Organizations in science and medicine must hold each other accountable for discriminatory practices. Cell. 2022 08 18; 185(17):3073-3078. Silver JK, Booth GS, Chatterjee A, Crusto CA, El-Sayed N, Fleming TK, Gavini N, Golden SH, Jacobs JW, Jagsi R, Larson AR, Liu HY, Lorello GR, Muir R, Shim RS, Spector ND, Stanford FC, Verduzco-Gutierrez M, Zafonte RD. PMID: 35985283; PMCID: PMC9924297.
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    8. Experiences of Trauma and DNA Methylation Profiles among African American Mothers and Children. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Aug 11; 23(16). Barcelona V, Huang Y, Caceres BA, Newhall KP, Hui Q, Cerdeña JP, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 36012217; PMCID: PMC9408935.
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    9. Associations between Paternal Co-residence and Child Health among African American Children. West J Nurs Res. 2023 03; 45(3):201-207. Barcelona V, Flowers A, Caceres BA, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 35897162; PMCID: PMC9880248.
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    10. The Cumulative Influence of Perceived Discrimination, Stress, and Coping Responses on Symptoms of Depression Among Young African American Mothers. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2024 Apr; 30(2):322-332. Millender E, Harris RM, Bagneris JR, Marks LR, Barcelona V, Wong FY, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 35833679; PMCID: PMC9839894.
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    11. Police Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms in African American Women: The Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure Study. Health Equity. 2022; 6(1):527-532. Kalinowski J, Talbert RD, Woods B, Langford A, Cole H, Barcelona V, Crusto C, Taylor JY. PMID: 36186618; PMCID: PMC9518801.
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    12. Associations Between DNA Methylation Age Acceleration, Depressive Symptoms, and Cardiometabolic Traits in African American Mothers From the InterGEN Study. Epigenet Insights. 2022; 15:25168657221109781. Perez NB, Vorderstrasse AA, Yu G, Melkus GD, Wright F, Ginsberg SD, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 35784386; PMCID: PMC9247996.
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    13. Double stigma and help-seeking barriers among Blacks with a behavioral health disorder. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2022 Jun; 45(2):183-191. Yu Y, Matlin SL, Crusto CA, Hunter B, Tebes JK. PMID: 34941331.
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    14. DNA methylation changes in African American women with a history of preterm birth from the InterGEN study. BMC Genom Data. 2021 09 05; 22(1):30. Barcelona V, Montalvo-Ortiz JL, Wright ML, Nagamatsu ST, Dreisbach C, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 34482817; PMCID: PMC8418749.
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    15. Racial Discrimination, Mental Health, and Parenting Among African American Mothers of Preschool-Aged Children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 03; 61(3):402-412. Condon EM, Barcelona V, Ibrahim BB, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 34153495; PMCID: PMC8683578.
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    16. Law enforcement assisted diversion: Qualitative evaluation of barriers and facilitators of program implementation. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 10; 129:108476. Joudrey PJ, Nelson CR, Lawson K, Morford KL, Muley D, Watson C, Okafor M, Wang EA, Crusto C. PMID: 34080562; PMCID: PMC8380645.
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    17. Depressive Symptoms and Blood Pressure in African American Women: A Secondary Analysis From the Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure Study. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2022 Jul-Aug 01; 37(4):E89-E96. Gao X, Barcelona V, DeWan A, Prescott L, Crusto C, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 37707976; PMCID: PMC8443694.
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    18. Diabetes prevention in the Caribbean using Lifestyle Intervention and Metformin Escalation (LIME): Protocol for a hybrid Type-1 effectiveness-implementation trial using a quasi-experimental study design. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2021 Jun; 22:100750. Hassan S, Sobers N, Paul-Charles J, Herbert J, Dharamraj K, Cruz E, Garcia E, Fredericks L, Desai MM, Roy S, Williams S, Linnander E, Crusto C, Horowitz CR, Arniella G, Cattamanchi A, Adams OP, Nunez-Smith M. PMID: 33997458; PMCID: PMC8095103.
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    19. Examining Mother-Reported Poor Sleep and Blood Pressure in Black/African American Mother-Child Dyads. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2021 Mar-Apr 01; 36(2):116-123. Robbins R, DiClemente RJ, Ejikeme C, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 33002922; PMCID: PMC7878358.
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    20. The Association Between Neighborhood Social Vulnerability and Cardiovascular Health Risk Among Black/African American Women in the InterGEN Study. Nurs Res. 2021 Set/Oct 01; 70(5S Suppl 1):S3-S12. Basile Ibrahim B, Barcelona V, Condon EM, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 34074961; PMCID: PMC8405545.
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    21. Exploring Psychosocial Mediators of the Associations of Lifetime Trauma and Body Mass Index in African American Women. Health Equity. 2020; 4(1):542-548. Caceres BA, Barcelona V, Crusto C, Taylor JY. PMID: 34095701; PMCID: PMC8175258.
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    22. Associations between social determinants of health, perceived discrimination, and body mass index on symptoms of depression among young African American mothers. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2021 02; 35(1):94-101. Millender E, Barile JP, R Bagneris J, Harris RM, De Faria L, Wong FY, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 33593522; PMCID: PMC7890049.
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    23. High blood pressure in pregnancy, DNA methylation, and later blood pressure in African American women enrolled in the InterGEN Study. Birth. 2020 09; 47(3):290-298. Barcelona V, Wang Z, Crusto C, Hui Q, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 33448462; PMCID: PMC7876779.
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    24. The Influence of Discrimination and Coping Style on Blood Pressure Among Black/African American Women in the InterGEN Study. Health Equity. 2020; 4(1):272-279. Wright ML, Lim S, Sales A, Rajagopal S, Nzegwu D, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. PMID: 34095697; PMCID: PMC8175254.
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    25. Association Between Stress and Coping with DNA Methylation of Blood Pressure-Related Genes Among African American Women. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). 2019 Jan-Dec; 3. Brown KM, Hui Q, Huang Y, Taylor JY, Prescott L, de Mendoza VB, Crusto C, Sun YV. PMID: 32395678; PMCID: PMC7213592.
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    26. Association of Obesity with DNA Methylation Age Acceleration in African American Mothers from the InterGEN Study. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Aug 31; 20(17). Li C, Wang Z, Hardy T, Huang Y, Hui Q, Crusto CA, Wright ML, Taylor JY, Sun YV. PMID: 31480455; PMCID: PMC6747309.
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    27. Comparing Early-Childhood and School-Aged Systems of Care for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties: Risk, Symptom Presentation, and Outcomes. J Child Fam Stud. 2019 Aug 05; 28(8):2312-2325. Schreier A, Kaufman JS, Crusto CA. PMID: 34334995; PMCID: PMC8323490.
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    28. Risk and Protective Factors for Alcohol, Marijuana, and Cocaine Use Among Child Welfare-Involved Youth. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2018 Dec; 95:88-94. Pittenger SL, Moore KE, Dworkin ER, Crusto CA, Connell CM. PMID: 31231146; PMCID: PMC6588184.
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    29. Parenting stress and DNA methylation among African Americans in the InterGEN Study. J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Dec; 1(6):328-333. Wright ML, Huang Y, Hui Q, Newhall K, Crusto C, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 29707254; PMCID: PMC5915805.
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    30. Perceived Racial Discrimination and DNA Methylation Among African American Women in the InterGEN Study. Biol Res Nurs. 2018 03; 20(2):145-152. Barcelona de Mendoza V, Huang Y, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 29258399; PMCID: PMC5741522.
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    31. Video Game Intervention for Sexual Risk Reduction in Minority Adolescents: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2017 09 18; 19(9):e314. Fiellin LE, Hieftje KD, Pendergrass TM, Kyriakides TC, Duncan LR, Dziura JD, Sawyer BG, Mayes L, Crusto CA, Forsyth BW, Fiellin DA. PMID: 28923788; PMCID: PMC5625130.
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    32. Reflections on a Community Psychology Setting and the Future of the Field. Am J Community Psychol. 2016 12; 58(3-4):348-353. Kaufman JS, Connell CM, Crusto CA, Gordon DM, Sartor CE, Simon P, Strambler MJ, Sullivan TP, Ward NL, Weiss NH, Tebes JK. PMID: 27883198; PMCID: PMC5497455.
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    33. A Systematic Review of DNA Methylation and Preterm Birth in African American Women. Biol Res Nurs. 2017 May; 19(3):308-317. Barcelona de Mendoza V, Wright ML, Agaba C, Prescott L, Desir A, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 27646016; PMCID: PMC5357599.
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    34. The Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure Study (InterGEN): Design and Methods for Recruitment and Psychological Measures. Nurs Res. 2016 Jul-Aug; 65(4):331-8. Crusto CA, Barcelona de Mendoza V, Connell CM, Sun YV, Taylor JY. PMID: 27362519; PMCID: PMC4930011.
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    35. If We Build It, Will They Come? A Qualitative Study of Key Stakeholder Opinions on the Implementation of a Videogame Intervention for Risk Reduction in Adolescents. Games Health J. 2016 Aug; 5(4):279-85. Pendergrass TM, Hieftje K, Crusto CA, Montanaro E, Fiellin LE. PMID: 27336205; PMCID: PMC4991582.
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    36. The Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure (InterGEN) Study: Design and Methods for Complex DNA Analysis. Biol Res Nurs. 2016 10; 18(5):521-30. Taylor JY, Wright ML, Crusto CA, Sun YV. PMID: 27118148; PMCID: PMC5025343.
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    37. Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System: Initial Results of a Statewide Implementation. Child Maltreat. 2016 05; 21(2):113-24. Lang JM, Campbell K, Shanley P, Crusto CA, Connell CM. PMID: 26928410.
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    38. Health, emergency department use, and early identification of young children exposed to trauma. J Emerg Med. 2014 May; 46(5):719-24. Roberts YH, Huang CY, Crusto CA, Kaufman JS. PMID: 24565881; PMCID: PMC4004686.
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    39. Children exposed to the arrest of a family member: Associations with mental health. J Child Fam Stud. 2014 Feb 01; 23(2):214-244. Roberts YH, Snyder FJ, Kaufman JS, Finley MK, Griffin A, Anderson J, Marshall T, Radway S, Stack V, Crusto CA. PMID: 24829537; PMCID: PMC4016966.
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    40. The role of parenting stress in young children's mental health functioning after exposure to family violence. J Trauma Stress. 2013 Oct; 26(5):605-12. Roberts YH, Campbell CA, Ferguson M, Crusto CA. PMID: 24038613; PMCID: PMC4081031.
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    41. Exposure to traumatic events and health-related quality of life in preschool-aged children. Qual Life Res. 2013 Oct; 22(8):2159-68. Roberts YH, Ferguson M, Crusto CA. PMID: 23224614; PMCID: PMC3616160.
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    42. Exposure to traumatic events and the behavioral health of children enrolled in an early childhood system of care. J Trauma Stress. 2012 Dec; 25(6):700-4. Snyder FJ, Roberts YH, Crusto CA, Connell CM, Griffin A, Finley MK, Radway S, Marshall T, Kaufman JS. PMID: 23225035; PMCID: PMC3526816.
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    43. Traumatic Impact of Familial Arrest on Young Children. J Trauma Treat. 2012 Oct 09; 1. Roberts YH, Crusto CA, Kaufman JS. PMID: 25411650; PMCID: PMC4233657.
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    44. Understanding the ecology and development of children and families experiencing homelessness: implications for practice, supportive services, and policy. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012 Jul; 82(3):389-401. Kilmer RP, Cook JR, Crusto C, Strater KP, Haber MG. PMID: 22880977.
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    45. Creating a safe space to learn: The significant role of graduate students in fostering educational engagement and aspirations among urban youth. Community Psychol. 2011; 44(1):33-36. Ward NL, Woods LN, Crusto CA, Strambler MJ, Linke LH. PMID: 25110616; PMCID: PMC4123117.
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    46. Posttraumatic stress among young urban children exposed to family violence and other potentially traumatic events. J Trauma Stress. 2010 Dec; 23(6):716-24. Crusto CA, Whitson ML, Walling SM, Feinn R, Friedman SR, Reynolds J, Amer M, Kaufman JS. PMID: 21171132; PMCID: PMC4098710.
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    47. Measuring changes in interagency collaboration: an examination of the Bridgeport Safe Start Initiative. Eval Program Plann. 2007 Aug; 30(3):294-306. Friedman SR, Reynolds J, Quan MA, Call S, Crusto CA, Kaufman JS. PMID: 17689334.
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    48. Utilizing program evaluation as a strategy to promote community change: evaluation of a comprehensive, community-based, family violence initiative. Am J Community Psychol. 2006 Dec; 38(3-4):191-200. Kaufman JS, Crusto CA, Quan M, Ross E, Friedman SR, O'Rielly K, Call S. PMID: 17086485.
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    49. What works in prevention. Principles of effective prevention programs. Am Psychol. 2003 Jun-Jul; 58(6-7):449-56. Nation M, Crusto C, Wandersman A, Kumpfer KL, Seybolt D, Morrissey-Kane E, Davino K. PMID: 12971191.
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    50. Landlords as partners for promoting success in supported housing: "it takes more than a lease and a key". Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2002; 25(3):235-244. Kloos B, Zimmerman SO, Scrimenti K, Crusto C. PMID: 11859996.
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