E. Mark Cummings

E. Mark Cummings is the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Professor of Psychology

Professor Cummings' research interests focus on family factors, especially socioemotional processes, associated with normal development and the development of psychopathology in children. Known for work on the effects of family relationships on child development, Professor Cummings has acted as the principal investigator of two large research projects centering on the social and developmental impact of political and sectarian conflict on children and their family relationships in Northern Ireland.

His recent research on Children and Political Violence in Northern Ireland has produced numerous papers, including Longitudinal Pathways between Political Violence and Child Adjustment: The Role of Emotional Security; Community in Northern Ireland, and Children and political violence from a social ecological perspective: Implications for research on children and families in Northern Ireland. His work finds that children who experienced family conflict as a result of political violence reported greater emotional insecurity about family relationships, which also resulted in more mental health symptoms and behavior problems over time. 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 (Springer 2017).

Read more about Professor Cummings at his Department of Psychology page

Office: Corbett Hall
Email: ecumming@nd.edu