Crystal L. Austin, PhD, LP, is an assistant professor of instruction in the Temple University College of Education and Human Development. She earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Albany and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Austin’s clinical and research interests include exploration of intersecting identities, biracial identity experiences, and racism-related traumatic stress. She has developed and facilitated trainings for diverse professionals (e.g., educators, health professionals) about oppression-based trauma and trauma-conscious practice, and has been involved in research and evaluation of trauma-informed intervention. Prior to her time at Temple, Crystal worked in university and community mental health settings in a variety of roles, including intervention, assessment, outreach and supervision. In teaching, research, and practice, Dr. Austin strives to approach student, participant, and client care holistically and in a way that exercises cultural humility, curiosity, and respect.

Research Interests

  • Counseling
  • Qualitative Research
  • Race

Courses Taught




CPSY 5492

Theories of Counseling Psychology


CPSY 5519

Group Counseling


CPSY 5526

Multicultural Counseling


CPSY 9085

Advanced Counseling Techniques


SPSY 2303

The Impact of Trauma on the Individual and Society