51980-Crum, Kathleen

Kathleen I. Crum, PhD, BA

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

PC 4110
Indianapolis, IN


Kathleen Crum, PhD, specializes in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is the Director of the Lifespan Resliency After Family Trauma (LifeRAFT) Program. The mission of the LifeRAFT Program is to research how stress can have an impact across generations by influencing brain development, behavior and caregiver-child relationships. Dr. Crum also directs the Traumatic Stress & Resilience Program, a trauma-focused specialty clinic at Riley Pediatric Care Center. 

Dr. Crum's training has centered on clinical science in psychology and neuroimaging. She completed her undergraduate and graduate training at Florida International University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a doctoral degree in Clinical Science in Child & Adolescent Psychology. She engaged in intensive neuroimaging training as a postdoctoral scholar with Boys Town National Research Hospital and completed her doctoral internship and a NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.

After serving as a Research Assistant Professor at Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Crum accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at IU School of Medicine.

Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors and playing the banjo and ukulele. 

Read more about Dr. Crum's work at her Crum Lab page.

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Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Education
    2016 PhD Florida International University
    2009 BA Florida International University
  • Research
    Dr. Crum specializes in pediatric traumatic stress and its effects across the lifespan, as well as across family generations. Her research focuses on the intersection between traumatic stress and substance use, as well as pathways by which early life stress can influence brain function and social relationships. 

    Dr. Crum's current research projects focus on how early life stress influences risk for substance use and other problematic outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. Her research team's largest anticipated research project asks the question, “How does parental stress from difficult life experiences combine with parental substance use to influence children’s brain function and behavior?”
  • Awards
    Org: National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Desc: Diversity Scholars Network Program
    Scope: National
    Org: College on Problems of Drug Independence
    Desc: Early Career Travel Award
    Scope: National
    Org: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
    Desc: Intergenerational Trauma Special Interest Group Research Poster Endorsement
    Scope: International
    Org: Florida International University
    Desc: Honors College & National Hispanic Scholar
    Scope: International
    Org: Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute / IUSM Department of Psychiatry
    Desc: Early Career Scholar Award
    Scope: State

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