Courtney Crooks
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.


Dr. Courtney Crooks is a Principal Research Scientist with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), licensed psychologist, and U.S. Navy Veteran. She has over 20 years of combined applied research experience in behavioral sciences and human systems engineering. 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 currently serving a 3-yr term with the Georgia Tech Research Faculty Senate; 3-year term on the Georgia Tech Welfare and Security Committee; and is currently a member of American Psychological Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, IEEE/Women in Engineering, Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society, & Atlanta Kiwanis. She completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology with University of Georgia; Masters in Aeronautical Science in Aviation Human Factors with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; a second PhD in Clinical Psychology with a forensic concentration through 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; 4-year Core Program with Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute (EUPI), and a 1-year Faculty Fellowship with the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn Security Program. Dr. Crooks is also an adjunct faculty member with the Georgia Tech College of Computing, School of Cybersecurity and Privacy; a member of the Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center (ETHICx); an adjunct assistant professor with Emory University School of Medicine, and a senior candidate with EUPI. Dr. Crooks' expertise is in forensic cyberpsychology, behavioral analysis, and human-centered design of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technology with health and defense applications. Her current research applies foundational psychoanalytic theory to understand the national security, ethical, and societal implications of psychological responses to cyber-enabled information ecosystems and emerging technology (e.g., artificial intelligence). She further specializes in understanding the mechanisms of human-machine teaming, cognitive security, malign influence, and coercive control, through adversarial modeling, human-centered design principles, and analysis of lived experience of key stakeholder populations.