Scholar-in-Residence Dana E. Crawford, PhD, a nationally recognized clinical psychologist, collaborates with Zuckerman Institute faculty, researchers and staff to support structural changes aimed at making the Zuckerman Institute a more inclusive, equitable and diverse place of scientific discovery. As a member of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board, she advises leadership on recognizing and reducing bias, prejudice and racism in the scientific community.
At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, Dr. Crawford consults on equitable recruitment, as well as workplace group dynamics. Informed by her expertise delivering national training programs, she delivers interactive workshops and webinars focused on reducing bias in professional and personal contexts.
In addition, by working closely with the neuroscience community, Dr. Crawford plans to further explore how the brain processes information to advance her research into prejudice and bias.
Dr. Dana E. Crawford is a pediatric and clinical psychologist who developed the Crawford Bias Reduction Theory & Training (CBRT), a systematic approach to reducing bias, prejudice and racism. She has a thriving private practice in Manhattan and has treated patients with high incidences of trauma in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, New Orleans, San Antonio, the Bronx, and New York. Dr. Crawford is a graduate of Howard, Temple, and Miami universities and has degrees in counseling, African-American studies, psychology, and the arts. She has certifications in Practical Nursing, medical hypnosis and biofeedback. She completed her pediatric psychology residency at Tulane University School of Medicine, which was followed by a two-year clinical fellowship with the United States Department of Defense and then a two-year fellowship with the Center for Early Connections at Tulane University. In recent years, she has worked with the National Black Caucus to create legislation for Black maternal health equity, appeared on a plethora of news platforms and conducted more than 200 trainings and presentations nationally in private, public and government sectors.
Dr. Crawford’s residency is hosted by Rui Costa, DVM, PhD, professor of neuroscience and neurology, and director and chief executive officer of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute.