College of Arts and Sciences

E. Mark Cummings

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"Children and Marital Conflict”
Dr. E. Mark Cummings

Thursday, November 3, 2005
Neff Hall, Room 101
7:30 p.m.
Host Department: Psychology


Dr. E. Mark Cummings is the Notre Dame Endowed Chair in Psychology and has been a Professor at the University of Notre Dame since 1996. He has written two books on the role of families in child development and published over 150 scientific articles.

He is involved in research at the national level, helping set research priorities at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Administration for Children and Families. His research focuses primarily on the effects of marital conflict on children and he is currently the director of several research studies, including programs for translating research findings into applied prevention programs.

He was instrumental in the establishment of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families, a community resource center in Northern Indiana where parents can learn strategies for constructive conflict resolution.

Objectives for talk:

  • Overview of past research on marital conflict and its effects on children
  • New breakthroughs in understanding the effects of marital conflict on children, including the role of parental depression, alcohol use, the fathers’ role in marital conflict, and marital conflict in cross-cultural contexts
  • New directions in translating research findings into applied prevention programs, specifically programs for educating parents about the effects of conflict on children