E. Mark Cummings

E. Mark Cummings


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 

  • Developmental
  • Clinical



Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Professor Cummings is open to mentoring graduate students in the fall


Dr. E. Mark Cummings is the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and previously was the Notre Dame Endowed Chair in Psychology. Dr. Cummings’ work focuses on relations between adaptive and maladaptive family processes and development. He is interested in relations between family and community contexts and children’s development between early childhood and later adolescence, guided by the Emotional Security Theory. A recent direction is the development and testing of prevention programs designed to improve family functioning, especially the quality of interparental and parent-child relationships, and children’s adjustment and well-being in high-risk US samples and international samples of families exposed to community violence. Dr. Cummings has authored several books and monographs and has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and over 50 book chapters. He has also served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and as a regular and ad hoc reviewer for NIH IRG panels. Dr. Cummings is the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of numerous NICHD and NIMH-funded research programs examining prospective, longitudinal relations between conflict, family processes and development in childhood and adolescence.  He is an American Psychological Association Fellow and a recipient of Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, American Psychological Association; the Mentoring Award in Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association; and the Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award, National Council on Family Relations as well as the University of Notre Dame’s James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, and the Research Achievement Award.  A recent authored book, with Christine Merrilees, Laura Taylor, and Christina Mondi, is Political Violence, Armed Conflict, and Youth Adjustment: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on Research and Intervention.

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