GTRI Principal Research Scientist

Research Areas:
Applied psychoanalytic and socio-cognitive foundational theory; qualitative analysis; mathematical modeling; understanding large group psychological response to politicized and core societal issues including domestic and national security implications.

Biography

Dr. Courtney Crooks is a Principal Research Scientist with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), licensed psychologist, and US Navy Veteran. She has over 19 years of combined applied research experience within GTRI along with the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist. Dr. Crooks has served in numerous leadership roles, project director/principal investigator, faculty mentor, and supervisory roles throughout her career, and is actively involved in her professional and civic communities.

She is serving a 3-year term on the Georgia Tech Faculty and Status Grievance Committee; served two years as Chair of the Georgia Psychological Association Legal and Legislative Committee; and is currently a member of American Psychological Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, IEEE/Women in Engineering, Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society, and Atlanta Kiwanis. She completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology with University of Georgia; Masters in Aeronautical Science – Aviation Human Factors with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; retraining in clinical psychology with Fielding Graduate University; doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency in health services psychology with Emory University School of Medicine; Georgia Tech Professional Education certificate in Cybersecurity; 2-year Core Program with Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute (EUPI), and Faculty Fellowship with the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn Security Program. Dr. Crooks is also an adjunct faculty member with Georgia Tech School School of Cybersecurity & Privacy, an adjunct assistant professor with Emory University School of Medicine, and a 4th year candidate at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute.

Her current research applies psychoanalytic and socio-cognitive foundational theory; qualitative analysis; and mathematical modeling, to understand large group psychological response to politicized and core societal issues, including domestic and national security implications of information operations, persuasive tactics, coercive control, and extremist behavior. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a $580,000 GTRIGeorgia Tech collaborative fundamental research project to integrate qualitative data mining, quantitative analytics, and dynamic historical modeling, to investigate foreign influence operations and reflexive decision making processes.