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Cory R. Cummings, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D., Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University,School of Social Work

MSW, University at Buffalo, SUNY School of Social Work

BSW, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester NY

Robert E. McAllan Hall MH-10
Courses this Semester
SW 409 Social Work Research Methods
SW 605 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families
SW 630 Field Practicum III, Clinical Concentration

Dr. Cory Cummings is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University. He has practice experience in community mental health, including clinical practice and administration. Dr. Cummings has also served as a volunteer with safety net mental health services and support services for individuals and families affected by HIV.  

Dr. Cummings teaches in both the BSW program and MSW, Clinical Practice with Children and Families concentration.  Courses include research, social work practice, and clinical field seminar. His scholarship focuses on promoting health equity for people who experience serious mental illness, and improving opportunities to pursue health and wellness in their lives. 

Research Interests

• Health promotion interventions that engage and empower the peer mental health/recovery community
• The meaning of wellness in the lives of survivors of mental illness
• Community based research strategies to create environments that promote wellness

Scholarly Articles

Bentley, K.J.; Cummings, C.R.; Casey, R.C.; Kogut, C.P. (in press). Professional identity and shared decision-making among psychiatry residents: Designing a brief teaching module. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.

Secret, M., Bryant, N., & Cummings, C.R. (2017). Teaching an interdisciplinary graduate-level methods course in an openly-networked connected learning environment: A glass half full. Journal of Educators Online, 14(2).

Martinez, P., Cummings, C.R., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., & Chartier, K.G. (2017). Learning from Latino voices: Focus groups’ insights on participation in genetic research. The American Journal on Addictions. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12531

Presentations/Invited Talks

Cummings, C.R., & Bentley, K.J. (2017, January). Wellness: Participatory, personalized, and connected. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. (National)
Cummings, C.R., Farmer, E.M.Z., & Marshall, L.M. (2017, January). Military couples experiences with service-related conditions. Oral paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. (National)

Cummings, C.R., Casey, R.C., Bentley, K.J. (2016, November). Identity and decision-making among psychiatrists: Lessons for social work collaborators. Interactive poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 62th Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (National)

Cummings, C.R., Chartier, K.G., Martinez, P., Karriker-Jaffe, K., Greenfield, T.K., & Burnette, J.D. (2016, September). A commitment to more inclusive genetics research on alcoholism: Developing strategies to increase recruitment of diverse groups. Poster presentation at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Research Participant Recruitment & Retention Conference: What is Working Across the Nation? Baltimore, MD. (National)

Cummings, C.R. & Thissen, R. (2015, October). Peer support: An expanding role, an important opportunity. Interactive workshop presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 61th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, Co. (National)

Professional Associations

Council on Social Work Education
Society for Social Work Research


Virginia Community University School of Social Work, Ph.D. Elaine Rothenberg Social Work Award

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