Professor and Notre Dame Chair in Psychology
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Family Studies Center

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markcummings

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.

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., Goeke-Morey, M., Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., Shirlow, P. A. (in press). 
Social-ecological, process-oriented perspective on political violence and child development. Child Development Perspectives. 
 
Taylor, L. K., Merrilees, C. E., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M.(in press). 
Adolescent prosocial behaviors and outgroup attitudes: Implications for positive intergroup relations. Social Development. 
 
Zemp, M., Bodenmann, G., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). The role of skin conductance level 
reactivity in the impact of children's exposure to interparental conflict on their attention 
performance. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
 
Bergman, K, N., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (in press). Interparental Aggression and 
Adolescent Adjustment: The Role of Emotional Insecurity and Adrenocortical Activity. 
Journal of Family Violence. 
 
Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P. Cummings, E. M. (in press).
Youth in contexts of political violence: A developmental approach to the study of youth 
identity and emotional security in their communities. Peace and Conflict: Journal of 
Peace Psychology.
 
Koss, K., George, M. R. W., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (in press). Assymmetry in 
children’s salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase in the context of marital conflict: Links to 
children’s emotional security and adjustment. Developmental Psychobiology. 
 
Etkin, R. G., Koss, K. J., Cummings, E. M., & Davies, P. T. (in press). The differential impact of 
parental warmth on externalizing problems among triangulated adolescents. Journal of 
Genetic Psychology. 
 
Shirlow, P., Taylor, L. K., Merrilees, C. E., Goeke-Morey, M. C., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). 
Hate Crime: Record or Perception? Space and Polity.
 
Davies, P. T., Sturge-Apple, M., Boscoe, S. M., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). The Legacy of 
Early Insecurity Histories in Shaping Adolescent Adaptation to Interparental Conflict. 
Child Development. 
 
Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P. Cummings, E. M., & Cairns, E. 
(in press). The protective role of group identity: Sectarian antisocial behavior and 
adolescent emotion problems. Child Development.

 

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Contact Information
Office: 203 Brownson Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone: (574) 631-4947
Email: ecumming@nd.edu