Dr. Crystal N. Steltenpohl Young is a mixed-methods community psychologist and senior research analyst for the Center for Program Design and Evaluation. She joined CPDE in 2021 and brings 10 years of experience conducting research and evaluations in the areas of aging, education, gaming, and online communities, tobacco cessation, and healthcare. Dr. Young has taught research methodology and statistics for four years and has expertise in project planning and management, open science practices, qualitative data analysis, and strategizing research communication to a variety of audiences. Crystal is involved in a variety of CPDE projects using mixed methods approaches.
An active voice in the open science movement, Dr. Young serves on the executive board for the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science and routinely guides labs and departments in exploring qualitative methods, the role researchers play in the research process, and other topics. She has been invited to speak at several organizations, including but not limited to the Riot Science Club, Team Liquid, the University of Utah, the University of Glasgow, the University of California Davis, and the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Dr. Young earned a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of Southern Indiana, MA in applied psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a PhD in community psychology from DePaul University.