Kermit Anthony Crawford, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Crawford is one of 18 members on the Board who will provide advice to the secretary of HHS, the director of the CDC and the director of the NCIPC, regarding surveillance, basic epidemiological research, intervention research and implementation, dissemination and evaluation of promising and evidence based strategies for the prevention and control of injury and violence. In addition, he will help make recommendations regarding policies, strategies, objectives and priorities and review progress toward injury and violence prevention and control.
In addition to serving as clinical psychologist at Boston Medical Center, Crawford also is executive director of the Massachusetts Marathon Bombing Victims/Survivors Resiliency Center and director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health. He has facilitated and provided disaster behavioral health response training across the nation on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to health responders in Mississippi as well as to responders during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Haiti Earthquake and the Tohoku region tsunami, earthquake and nuclear plant explosion.
Crawford has expertise in mental health, trauma, psychology training, substance abuse and workforce development and extensive experience in disaster behavioral health, mental health policy and mental health training. He has been principal investigator for several state and federal research and training grants. He has authored numerous publications, including a book chapter on the culturally competent practice of disaster behavioral health services.