E. Mark Cummings

E. Mark Cummings

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 

  • Developmental
  • Clinical



Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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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., Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., & Mondi, C. (2017). Political Violence, Armed Conflict, and Youth Adjustment. New York: Springer. 115 pages

Valentino, K. Cummings, E. M., Borkowski, J., Hibel, L. C., Lefever, J., & Lawson, M. (in press). Efficacy of a reminiscing and emotion training intervention on maltreating families with preschool aged children. Developmental Psychology.

Speidel, R., Wang, L. Cummings, E. M., & Valentino, K. (in press). Longitudinal pathways of family influence on child self-regulation: The roles of parenting, family expressiveness, and maternal sensitive guidance in the context of child maltreatment. Developmental Psychology

Davies, P. T., Cicchetti, D., Thompson, M. J., Bascoe, S. M., & Cummings, E. .M. (in press). The interplay of polygenic plasticity and adrenocortical activity as sources of variability in pathways among family adversity, youth emotional reactivity, and psychological problems. Development and Psychopathology.

Davies, P. T., Pearson, J. K., Cicchetti, D., Martin, M. J., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). Emotional insecurity as a mediator of the moderating role of dopamine genes in the association between interparental conflict and youth externalizing problems. Development and Psychopathology.

Gao, M., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). Understanding Parent-Child Relationship as a Developmental Process: Fluctuations Across Days and Changes Over Years. Developmental Psychology.

Speidel. R., Valentino, K., Cummings, E. M., McDonnel, C.,G. & Fondren. K. (in press). Maternal Sensitive Guidance During Reminiscing in the Context of Child Maltreatment: Implications for Child Self-Regulatory Processes. Developmental Psychology.

Lawson, M., Valentino, K., Speidel, R., McDonnell, C., & Cummings, E. M. (in press). Reduced autobiographical memory specificity among maltreated preschoolers: The indirect effect of neglect through maternal reminiscing. Child Development

Taylor, L. K., Baird, C., Merrilees, C. E., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M. (in press) Impact of political conflict on trajectories of adolescent prosocial behavior: Implications for civic engagement. Child Development.

Davies, P.T., Parry, L. Q., Bascoe, S. M., Martin, M. J. & Cummings, E. M. (in press). Children’s Vulnerability to Interparental Conflict: The Protective Role of Sibling Relationship Quality. Child Development.

Koss, K., Cummings, E., M., Davies, P. T., Hetzel, S. & Cicchetti, D. (in press). Harsh parenting and serotonin transporter and BDNF Val66Met polymorphisms as predictors of adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Davies, P. T., Martin, M. J., & Cummings, E. M. (2018). Interparental Conflict and Children's Social Problems: Insecurity and Friendship Affiliation as Cascading Mediators. Developmental Psychology, 54(1), 83-97.

Merrilees, C. E.,, Taylor, L. K., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P., & Cummings, E. M. (2018). Neighborhood Effects of Intergroup Contact on Change in Youth Intergroup Bias Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(1), 77-87.

Martin, M. J., Davies, P. T., Cummings, E. M.., & Cicchetti, D. (2017). The Mediating Roles of Cortisol Reactivity and Executive Functioning Difficulties in the Pathways between Childhood Histories of Emotional Insecurity and Adolescent School Problems. Development and Psychopathology, 29(4), 1483-1498.

Cummings, E. M., Taylor, L. K., Du, H., Merrilees, C. E., Goeke-Morey, M. C., & Shirlow, P (in press). Examining Bidirectional Pathways between Exposure to Political Violence and
Adolescent Adjustment in Northern Ireland. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Cummings, E., M., Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., & Mondi, C. F. (2017). Developmental and Social-Ecological Perspectives on Children, Political Violence, and Armed Conflict. Development and Psychopathology, 29 (1), 1-10.

Cummings, E., M., Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L. K., Goeke-Morey, M. C., & Shirlow, P. (2017). Emotional Insecurity about the Community: A Dynamic, Within-Person Mediator of Child Adjustment in Contexts of Political Violence. Development and Psychopathology, 29(1). 27-36.

Miller-Graff, L., & Cummings, E. M. (2017). The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Effects on Youth, Available Interventions, and Future Research Directions. Developmental Review, (43), 1-47.