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Jorden Cummings B.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, co-Director of Clinical Training

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

Arts 65

Research Area(s)

  • trauma
  • parenting
  • self-care
  • process of change in psychotherapy
  • stress
  • psychopathology


My Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=btYM5tgAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Selected Representative Publications (Past 3 Years)

Scallion, L. M., & Cummings, J. A. (accepted, June 2018). Comparison of team and participant ratings of event dependence: Inferential style, cognitive style and stress generation. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology. 

Zagrodney, J. L., & Cummings, J. A. (accepted April, 2018). Examining parental expectations and fault attributions for child sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Cummings, J. A. (2017). Transformational change in parenting practices after child interpersonal trauma: A grounded theory examination of parental response. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 117-128. [open access] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014521341730399X

Zagrodney, J. L., & Cummings, J. A. (accepted, June 2017). Qualitatively understanding mother fault after childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Boucher, E. M., & Cummings, J. A. (2017). Social anxiety and social surrogacy in college roommate relationships. European Journal of Personality, 31, 63-84.

Saint, D. S., & Cummings, J. A. (2017). Expressive writing. In SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. NY: Sage.

Toews, K., Cummings, J. A., & Zagrodney, J. L. (2016). Mother blame and the just world theory in child sexual abuse cases. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online first https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260516675922

Zagrodney, J. L., & Cummings, J. A. (2016). Impact of perpetrator type on attributions of mother faulty in child sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25, 827-845.

Yaskinki, C., Hayes, A. M., Ready, C. B., Cummings, J. A., Berman, I., McCauley, T., Webb, C., & Deblinger, E. (2016). In-session caregiver behavior predicts symptom change in youth receiving trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 84, 1066-1077.

Cummings, J. A., Ballantyne, E. C., & Scallion, L. (2015). Essential processes for Cognitive Behavioral Clinical Supervision: Agenda setting, problem-solving, & formative feedback. Psychotherapy [Special Issue: Supervision Processes], 52, 158-163.

Cummings, J. A., Zagrodney, J. L., & Day, T. E. (2015). Impact of open data policies on consent to participate in human subjects research: Discrepancies between participant action and reported concerns. PLOS ONE, 10(5): e0125208


Child and Adolescent Development PTSD Psychopathology coping psychopathology psychotherapy stress trauma

Our connections with other humans are arguably one of the strongest determinants of both physical and psychological health; broadly, my research interests lay at this intersection of relationships and well-being. I have studied multiple types of relationships (e.g., the therapeutic alliance, friendships, parents, and the supervisory relationship) within multiple contexts (e.g., psychotherapy, stress and depression, social anxiety, child trauma, and professional training for clinical psychologists). Moreover, I target multiple audiences including researchers, practicing clinicians, and participant stakeholders. 

Within this focus, my program of current work is divided into 2 areas:

1. The influence of trauma on families

2. Factors influencing self-care practices used by health care professionals and health care trainees

Education & Training

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (2010), University of Delaware

M.A., Clinical Psychology (2007), University of Delaware

B.A. (Honours), Psychology (2003), Queen's University