Director of Clinical Training: (E.) Mark Cummings


The APA accredited area in clinical psychology at Notre Dame provides excellent research and clinical training designed to prepare students for research and academic careers. In addition to specialty training in clinical psychology, Clinical Science students acquire expertise in statistics, research design and methodology, and they gain a broad and general knowledge of the field of Psychology. The Clinical Science program trains academically oriented psychologists who appreciate how science and practice mutually inform one another to advance the discipline and to enhance human functioning.

Our program has a strong commitment to cultural and individual diversity in the research and clinical training we provide students and in the atmosphere in which training takes place.  We seek to recruit students who share a perspective of inclusiveness and interpersonal respect and who wish to become culturally and research-informed clinical psychologists.  We endorse the APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists (PDF), which not only recognize that the United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, but also provide clear guidelines for culturally informed research and practice.  We encourage our students to become involved with issues of social justice and inclusiveness and we infuse material on cultural and individual diversity throughout our curriculum and both research and clinical training. The Clinical Science Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, specific to the clinical area, includes Clinical Science faculty and students. The committee has developed a vision statement outlining its unique aspirations and commitment to continuously work towards DEI in five distinct areas: 1) climate, 2) recruitment, hiring, and retention, 3) research, 4) clinical training, and 5) coursework. See vision statement Clinical Area Dei Vision Statement.

Faculty research interests span a wide variety of contemporary topics in psychology, including: cognitive processes, stress, and emotion regulation in anxiety and depression; developmental psychopathology: effects of child maltreatment on development, translational research interventions, resilience and polyvictimization; effects of honesty, deception, and impression management on social relations and health; assessment and diagnosis of personality disorder: adaptive and nonadaptive personality traits, self/ interpersonal/ daily functioning; coping with cancer and cancer survivorship; stress, depression, and recurrences of depression; change processes in psychotherapy, dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments; prevention of eating pathology; sleep and stress effects on memory and psychological function; interpersonal processes and psychopathology; structure and assessment of personality and psychopathology, emotional dysfunction in psychopathology; emotion, motivation and neuroendocrine systems.  See individual faculty pages for more information.

It has not been decided which professors will be recruiting graduate students in the 2022-23 admissions cycle.

For additional information on graduate admissions to the clinical science area, please see Admissions Procedures and Criteria.

The Department would like to encourage students from diverse backgrounds (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities) to apply. For these students, fee waivers can be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis — for a fee waiver please contact

Research training commences in the first year, and students continue to develop their programs of research throughout their graduate careers. Students conduct a first-year project, which they present preliminarily to the area in the spring and finally to the Department at the beginning of the fall semester of their second year. Students then conduct Master’s Degree research, write a Doctoral qualifying examination review paper, and continue to expand and deepen their research credentials, often through collaborative efforts with scholars in different research laboratories. Research training culminates in a comprehensive Doctoral Dissertation project through which students demonstrate their ability to function as independent scientists.

Clinical training begins with basic skills and didactic courses in the first year and then proceeds to an initial practicum at the University Counseling Center or other clinical venues during the second year, followed by advanced practica at a variety of community agencies in the following years. Students also undertake a one-year full-time clinical internship prior to graduation. Clinical training emphasizes accurate diagnosis, reliable and valid assessment, and empirically supported interventions.

All students in good standing are completely funded for at least five years, including tuition, stipend, and health care.

Mental Health Care Benefit.  The primary mental health resource for Notre Dame students is the University Counseling Center (UCC).  However, because the UCC is a practicum training option for clinical science students, receiving mental health care at the UCC is a potential conflict of interest.  Therefore, an alternative For Clinical Science Students To Seek Mental Health Care is provided.

Reimbursement for Internship Application Costs.  Clinical science students are reimbursed for costs associated with internship applications, including application fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, meals, etc.) up to a total of $2,500 per student. Requests for reimbursement are submitted through TravelND just as for any other reimbursable expense (e.g., receipts are required), except that requests should be routed to the Departmental Administrator (currently Rhonda Singleton). Include a note in the Comments section that the reimbursement is for internship application costs.

The clinical psychology area at Notre Dame is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC  20002
Phone:  (202) 336-5979/E-mail: