Yashica Crawford, Ph.D.

Program Chair, Psychology | Assistant Professor, Psychology | ycrawford@patten.edu | (510) 485-7838



Dr. Yashica Crawford holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Florida. As an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Crawford taught Educational Psychology for Counselors. Previously, Dr. Crawford was an adjunct instructor at Southwest Florida College where she taught courses in communication dynamics for first year college students. She most recently worked within the Superintendent’s Office in San Francisco Unified School District. Dr. Crawford’s research interests include the role of social and cultural contexts in the education process. Specifically, her program of research has examined students at-risk for academic failure, teaching practice, and students’ sources of support. In the classroom, Dr. Crawford strives to create a culture of inquiry, where students are encouraged to engage critically in subject material, and receive the mentorship that they need to succeed.