Nelli Chrustaleva graduated from State University of Leningrad, faculty of psychology (1969-1974).
Currently she is professor of St. Petersburg State University (since 1996).
From 1974 to 1989 she served at Military – medical Academy, State institute of Culture as a scientific assistant and psychology lecturer.
In 1989–1996 she was a participant of social-psychological research and work in Ben Gurion University(Israel), Freie Universit?t Berlin(Germany), University of Minnesota (USA). From 1997 to 2002 she was a manager of the remote Bachelor of Psychology program of the St. Petersburg State University in Berlin.
Since 2003 she is a chairwoman of the Faculty of Psychology of Crisis and Extreme Situations.
She founded a new branch of Russian Social psychology – Psychology of immigration and trained over 60 psychology professionals.
She was awarded “Golden Psychea” Prize 2004 and named “Person of the Year 2004 in Psychological Education” title of professional of honor in the field of higher professional education of the Russian Federation.
Also she is honorary professor of the faculty of Psychology of the Moscow Lomonosov State University.
She was a member of the coordination committee of the Russian-German Forum “Petersburger Dialog” (2001-2008), director of the Center of International Projects and Programs of Education in the Russian Federation (2001-2007), columnist of the rubric “Psychology” in the news paper “Europacenter” (Berlin, 1992-2001).