Krystel Tossone, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Center on Trauma and Adversity
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Dr. Tossone conducts advanced analytic studies evaluating state- and federal-funded programs within the Begun Center. Her areas of research interest include mental health outcomes among youth involved in the juvenile justice system, victimization and traumatization among youths, and mental health correlates to adulthood sexual victimization and traumatic experiences. Furthermore, Krystel focuses on employing latent variable modeling techniques and advanced multivariate analysis to advance person-oriented analysis in the field of violence research.

Dr. Tossone completed her Ph.D. in Public Health Specializing in Prevention Science at Kent State University in May 2015. She completed her dissertation work on Emergency Department providers’ perceptions, experiences and behaviors regarding treating sexual assault survivors. She has published in journals such as Child Abuse and Neglect and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, as well as presented at numerous scientific conferences.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? Rigorous methodology and applied statistics is key to understanding violence and trauma-related phenomena. Improved understanding of how we can better measure trauma and violence, in addition to other related issues such as substance use, mental health, and healthcare usage, is essential to increasing public health safety in our communities.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? I am very passionate about helping agencies reach their goals by using evidence-based practices and well-established methodology for evaluation. As a prevention scientist and social science statistician who works in violence and trauma research, I am very passionate about assisting those who actually do the real work of helping others every day by giving them the best possible tools to do so.


Selected Presentations

“The Rest of the (Trauma) Story.” Ipoynter Media Ethics Workshop on Trauma.

“The Impact of the BHJJ Initiative on Adult Criminal Behavior and Recidivism.” Podium Presentation and Panel Chair for Session.

“Evaluating Community Corrections for Juveniles. ”Podium Presentation.