E. Mark Cummings

E. Mark Cummings


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 

  • Developmental



Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Family Studies Center

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Professor Cummings is open to mentoring graduate students in the fall


Dr. Cummings' research interests focus on family factors, especially socioemotional processes, associated with normal development and the development of psychopathology in children. Current directions include (1) longitudinal studies of the influences of marital conflict and family processes on children's adjustment, (2) the role of community, family and children’s emotional security in relations between political violence and child adjustment, and (3) research-based prevention and parent-educational programs.  Another interest is emotional security theory (EST, Davies & Cummings, 1994) as a general theoretical model for children's development in families and communities.


Recent Publications

Cummings, E. M., & Valentino, K. V. (2015). Development Psychopathology. In W. F. Overton & P. C. M. Molenaar (Eds.) Theory and Method. Volume 1 of the Handbook of child psychology and developmental science. (7th ed.) (pp. 566-606). Editor-in-Chief: Richard M. Lerner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Zemp, M., Milek, A., Cummings, E. M., Cina, A., & Bodenmann, G. (in press). How coupleand parenting-focused programs affect child behavioral problems: A randomized control trial. Journal of Child and Family Studies

 Zemp, M., Bodenmann, G, & Cummings, E. M. (in press). The significance of interparental conflict for children: Rationale for couple-focused programs in family therapy. European Psychologist.

Davies, P. T., Coe, J. L., Martin, M. J., Sturge-Apple, M. L., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). The developmental costs and benefits of children’s involvement in interparental conflict. Development and Psychopathology.

Valentino, K., Hibel, L. C., Cummings, E. M., Nuttal, A, K., Comas, M., & McDonald, C. G. (in press). Maternal elaborative reminiscing mediates the effect of child maltreatment on behavioral and physiological functioning. Development and Psychopathology.

Cummings, E. M., Taylor, L. K., Merrilees, C. E., Goeke-Morey, M. C., & Shirlow, P. (in press). Emotional insecurity in the family and community and youth delinquency in Northern Ireland: A person-oriented analysis across five-waves. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Goeke-Morey, M. C., Cairns, E., Taylor, L. K., Merrilees, C. E., Shirlow, P., Cummings, E. M. (2014). Predictors of in-group identity in Northern Ireland: Impact of past sectarian conflict, relative deprivation and church attendance. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. doi: 10.1002/casp.2211

Cummings, E., M., Koss, K., & Davies, P. T. (2014). Prospective relations between family conflict and adolescent maladjustment: security in the family system as a mediating process. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9926-1

George, M.W., Fairchild, A.J., Cummings, E.M., & Davies, P.T. (2014). Marital conflict in early childhood and adolescent disordered eating: emotional insecurity as an explanatory mechanism. Eating Behaviors. 15 (4), 532–539. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.06.006

Goeke-Morey, M. C., Taylor, L. K., Merrilees, C. E., Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M. (2014). Adolescents’ relationship with God and internalizing adjustment over time: The moderating role of maternal religious coping. Journal of Family Psychology.

Cummings, E. M., Cheung, R. Y. M., Koss, K. J., & Davies, P. (2014). Parental depressive symptoms and adolescent adjustment: A prospective test of an explanatory model for the role of marital conflict. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 42,1153–1166. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9860-2