Associate Professor Steven Cumming

B.A (Hons), M.Psych, PhD
L&T Team: Behavioral & Social Sciences (Health/Speech Pathology/Sexual Health) Director, Study Abroad & Student Exchange Unit of Study co-ordination Cognitive Neuropsychology

C43S - S Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9695

Website Communication Sciences and Disorders
Mental Health

Biographical details

Asociate Professor Steven Cumming first graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, before completing Honours and Masters in Psychology at the University of Tasmania. He worked as Clinical Psychologist in Tasmania and NSW before commencing his PhD at the University of UNSW. He worked at Charles Sturt University from 1995-1997 before moving to the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Associate Professor Cummingwas Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) in the Faculty from 2004-2007 and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) from 2007-2009. He has a keen interest in enhancing the university experience of students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and is currently Director of Study Abroad and Student Exchange.

Research interests

Associate Professor Cumming's research interest is directed towards the impact of psychological, particularly cognitive, factors of decision making and performance, and on aspects of communication and character type in intimate relationships.

Associate Professor Cumming is a member of the following research teams:

Communication sciences and disorders
Mental Health

Teaching and supervision

Associate Professor Cumming's teaching is mostly in the areas of cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, but he also teaches counseling and therapy units into many courses.

Themes

Disability and Community

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, P., Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Wilkes, F. (2011). Psychology and Life (2nd Australasian edition). Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Morrison, V., Bennett, P., Mullan, B., White, K., Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, P., Wilkes, F., Butow, P. (2009). PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health. Frenchs Forest Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, P., Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Wilkes, F. (2009). Psychology and Life: Australian Edition. Sydney, NSW: Pearson Education.

Book Chapters

  • Cumming, S. (2008). Plagiarism. In Joy Higgs, Rola Ajjawi, Lindy McAllister, Franziska Trede, Stephen Loftus (Eds.), Communicating in the Health Sciences, (pp. 34-40). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Meade (nee Covic), T., Cumming, S., Hallab, L., Spencer, D., Howe, G., Manolios, N. (2013). A preliminary investigation of cognitive function in rheumatoid arthritis patients on long term methotrexate treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(10), 1353-1359. [More Information]
  • Bricker-Katz (Katz), G., Lincoln, M., Cumming, S. (2013). Stuttering and work life: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38(4), 342-355. [More Information]
  • Dermody, N., Jones, M., Cumming, S. (2013). The Failure of Imagined Contact in Reducing Explicit and Implicit Out-Group Prejudice Toward Male Homosexuals. Current Psychology, 32(3), 261-274. [More Information]
  • Meade (nee Covic), T., Cumming, S., Pallant, J., Manolios, N., Emery, P., Conaghan, P., Tennant, A. (2012). Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Prevalence rates based on a comparison of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and the Hospital, Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). BMC Psychiatry, 12, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Bostock-Ling, J., Cumming, S., Bundy, A. (2012). Life Satisfaction of Neurotypical Women in Intimate Relationship with an Asperger's Syndrome Partner: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Relationships Research, 3, 95-105. [More Information]
  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2010). A longitudinal study of cognitive function in melancholic and non-melancholic subtypes of Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123(1-3), 150-157. [More Information]
  • Harris, L., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Matthews, L., Russell, C., Cumming, S. (2010). Implementing Curriculum Evaluation: Case Study of a Generic Undergraduate Degree in Health Sciences. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(4), 477-490. [More Information]
  • Harris, L., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Matthews, L., Russell, C., Cumming, S. (2009). Implementing curriculum evaluation: case study of a generic undergraduate degree in health sciences. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Latimer, S., Covic, T., Cumming, S., Tennant, A. (2009). Psychometric analysis of the Self-Harm Inventory using Rasch modelling. BMC Psychiatry, 9, 53-1-53-9. [More Information]
  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2009). The relationship between cognitive function and clinical and functional outcomes in major depressive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 39(3), 393-402.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2009). Trauma-related appraisals and coping styles of injured adults with and without symptoms of PTSD and their relationship to work potential. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31(19), 1577-1583.
  • McGregor, D., Nisbet, G., Hobbs, C., Matthews, L., Gerzina, T., Cumming, S. (2008). Learning together to work together: Embedding Interprofessional learning within health and social care curricula. Synergy, 27.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2008). Psychological predictors of work capacity: Improving pathways to health for injured workers. International Journal of Psychology, 43, 191.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2008). Trauma-related appraisals, PTSD severity and work potential in injured adults. International Journal of Disability Management, 2, 6. [More Information]
  • Cumming, S., Covic, T., Murrell, E. (2006). Deliberate self-harm: Have we scratched the surface? Behaviour Change, 23(3), 186-199.
  • Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Hughes, I. (2006). Internet Use by the Socially Fearful: Addiction or Therapy? CyberPsychology and Behavior, 9(1), 69-81.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Campbell, A. (2006). Stress and Psychological Well-Being among Allied Health Professionals. Journal of Allied Health, 35(4), 198-207.
  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2005). Executive dysfunction predicts poor psychosocial outcome three months after recovery from Major Depressive Disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(s2), A7-A7.
  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2004). Executive dysfunction correlates with psychosocial outcome in Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(Supplement S2), 25-25.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Menzies, R. (2004). Predicting Anxiety In Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 11(1), 1-7.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2003). An examination of the relationship between anxiety and performance on prospective and retrospective memory tasks. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55(1), 51-55.
  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2002). An examination of executive function in major depressive disorder-a role in recovery? Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 17(8), 811-811.
  • Cumming, S., Harris, L., Kiernan, M., Williams, R. (2001). Semantic Priming of Expectancies Among High-and Low-restraint Non-problem Drinkers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53 No 3, 155-159.
  • Cumming, S., Harris, L. (2001). The impact of anxiety on the accuracy of diagnostic decision-making. Stress and Health, 17, 281-286.

Conferences

  • Lewis, S., Mello-Thoms, C., Brennan, P., Cumming, S., Keane, K., MacKay, S. (2014). Investigating links between emotional intelligence and observer performance by radiologists in mammography. SPIE Medical Imaging 2014: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, Bellingham, WA: SPIE Publications. [More Information]
  • Dermody, N., Jones, M., Cumming, S. (2013). An Investigation into the Effect of Imagined Contact on Explicit and Implicit Attitudes Toward Male Homosexuals. 48th APS Annual Conference.
  • Short, S., Lincoln, M., Cumming, S., Llewellyn, G. (2012). The Health Sciences Learning Revolution at the University of Sydney: How to achieve large scale change in pedagogical practice, structure and services. 9th National Allied Health Australia Conference, Australia: Allied Health Professions Australia.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2008). Psychological predictors of work capacity: Improving pathways to health for injured workers. The XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Germany: ICC Berlin.
  • Matthews, L., Cumming, S., Harris, L., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Russell, C. (2008). Student and teacher perspectives of the value and delivery of interprofessional learning in a generic health sciences degree. All Together Better Health IV, Stockholm-Link√∂ping.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Matthews, L., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P., Russell, C. (2007). Evaluating curriculum change in the Bachelor of Health Sciences: Measuring the costs and consequences of curriculum change in a generic health sciences degree. 4th University of Sydney Faculties of Health Ed Health Conference 2007, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Lewis, M. (2007). Implementing and Evaluating Health Sciences Curriculum Change at the University of Sydney. ISSOTL International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning 2007 Conference, USA: University of Wisconsin.
  • Cumming, S., Nisbet, G., Harris, L., Matthews, L., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P., Russell, C. (2007). Interprofessional or pre-professional? IPL in the context of a generic degree. 4th University of Sydney Faculties of Health Ed Health Conference 2007, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P., Russell, C. (2007). Restructuring health professional preparation through a combined bachelor-master model: A case study. 4th University of Sydney Faculties of Health Ed Health Conference 2007, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Cumming, S., Covic, T. (2006). Pain and Anxiety and Cognitive Function in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Covic, T., Cumming, S., Murrell, E. (2006). Pain Perceptions and Coping Strategies in Self-Harmers with and Without Borderline Personality Disorder. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Strkljevic, I., Coello, M., Cumming, S. (2006). Response of PTSD Symptomatology and Disability to Physiotherapy Treatment in Bosnian Refugees Stress Disorder (PTSD). 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2006). Stress and Allied Health Professionals. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Cumming, S., Harris, L. (2006). Work, Rest and Play: Predictors of Mood and Stress in the Healthcare Workforce. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2002). Social anxiety and alcohol consumption in an undergraduate sample. From Cell to Society 3, : British Medical Journal Publishing Group.

2014

  • Lewis, S., Mello-Thoms, C., Brennan, P., Cumming, S., Keane, K., MacKay, S. (2014). Investigating links between emotional intelligence and observer performance by radiologists in mammography. SPIE Medical Imaging 2014: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, Bellingham, WA: SPIE Publications. [More Information]

2013

  • Meade (nee Covic), T., Cumming, S., Hallab, L., Spencer, D., Howe, G., Manolios, N. (2013). A preliminary investigation of cognitive function in rheumatoid arthritis patients on long term methotrexate treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(10), 1353-1359. [More Information]
  • Dermody, N., Jones, M., Cumming, S. (2013). An Investigation into the Effect of Imagined Contact on Explicit and Implicit Attitudes Toward Male Homosexuals. 48th APS Annual Conference.
  • Bricker-Katz (Katz), G., Lincoln, M., Cumming, S. (2013). Stuttering and work life: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38(4), 342-355. [More Information]
  • Dermody, N., Jones, M., Cumming, S. (2013). The Failure of Imagined Contact in Reducing Explicit and Implicit Out-Group Prejudice Toward Male Homosexuals. Current Psychology, 32(3), 261-274. [More Information]

2012

  • Meade (nee Covic), T., Cumming, S., Pallant, J., Manolios, N., Emery, P., Conaghan, P., Tennant, A. (2012). Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Prevalence rates based on a comparison of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and the Hospital, Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). BMC Psychiatry, 12, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Bostock-Ling, J., Cumming, S., Bundy, A. (2012). Life Satisfaction of Neurotypical Women in Intimate Relationship with an Asperger's Syndrome Partner: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Relationships Research, 3, 95-105. [More Information]
  • Short, S., Lincoln, M., Cumming, S., Llewellyn, G. (2012). The Health Sciences Learning Revolution at the University of Sydney: How to achieve large scale change in pedagogical practice, structure and services. 9th National Allied Health Australia Conference, Australia: Allied Health Professions Australia.

2011

  • Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, P., Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Wilkes, F. (2011). Psychology and Life (2nd Australasian edition). Sydney: Pearson Education.

2010

  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2010). A longitudinal study of cognitive function in melancholic and non-melancholic subtypes of Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123(1-3), 150-157. [More Information]
  • Harris, L., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Matthews, L., Russell, C., Cumming, S. (2010). Implementing Curriculum Evaluation: Case Study of a Generic Undergraduate Degree in Health Sciences. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(4), 477-490. [More Information]

2009

  • Harris, L., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Matthews, L., Russell, C., Cumming, S. (2009). Implementing curriculum evaluation: case study of a generic undergraduate degree in health sciences. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Morrison, V., Bennett, P., Mullan, B., White, K., Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, P., Wilkes, F., Butow, P. (2009). PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health. Frenchs Forest Sydney: Pearson Education.
  • Gerrig, R., Zimbardo, P., Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Wilkes, F. (2009). Psychology and Life: Australian Edition. Sydney, NSW: Pearson Education.
  • Latimer, S., Covic, T., Cumming, S., Tennant, A. (2009). Psychometric analysis of the Self-Harm Inventory using Rasch modelling. BMC Psychiatry, 9, 53-1-53-9. [More Information]
  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2009). The relationship between cognitive function and clinical and functional outcomes in major depressive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 39(3), 393-402.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2009). Trauma-related appraisals and coping styles of injured adults with and without symptoms of PTSD and their relationship to work potential. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31(19), 1577-1583.

2008

  • McGregor, D., Nisbet, G., Hobbs, C., Matthews, L., Gerzina, T., Cumming, S. (2008). Learning together to work together: Embedding Interprofessional learning within health and social care curricula. Synergy, 27.
  • Cumming, S. (2008). Plagiarism. In Joy Higgs, Rola Ajjawi, Lindy McAllister, Franziska Trede, Stephen Loftus (Eds.), Communicating in the Health Sciences, (pp. 34-40). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2008). Psychological predictors of work capacity: Improving pathways to health for injured workers. International Journal of Psychology, 43, 191.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2008). Psychological predictors of work capacity: Improving pathways to health for injured workers. The XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Germany: ICC Berlin.
  • Matthews, L., Cumming, S., Harris, L., Driscoll, P., Lewis, M., Russell, C. (2008). Student and teacher perspectives of the value and delivery of interprofessional learning in a generic health sciences degree. All Together Better Health IV, Stockholm-Link√∂ping.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2008). Trauma-related appraisals, PTSD severity and work potential in injured adults. International Journal of Disability Management, 2, 6. [More Information]

2007

  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Matthews, L., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P., Russell, C. (2007). Evaluating curriculum change in the Bachelor of Health Sciences: Measuring the costs and consequences of curriculum change in a generic health sciences degree. 4th University of Sydney Faculties of Health Ed Health Conference 2007, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Lewis, M. (2007). Implementing and Evaluating Health Sciences Curriculum Change at the University of Sydney. ISSOTL International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning 2007 Conference, USA: University of Wisconsin.
  • Cumming, S., Nisbet, G., Harris, L., Matthews, L., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P., Russell, C. (2007). Interprofessional or pre-professional? IPL in the context of a generic degree. 4th University of Sydney Faculties of Health Ed Health Conference 2007, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Cumming, S., Lewis, M., Driscoll, P., Russell, C. (2007). Restructuring health professional preparation through a combined bachelor-master model: A case study. 4th University of Sydney Faculties of Health Ed Health Conference 2007, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2006

  • Cumming, S., Covic, T., Murrell, E. (2006). Deliberate self-harm: Have we scratched the surface? Behaviour Change, 23(3), 186-199.
  • Campbell, A., Cumming, S., Hughes, I. (2006). Internet Use by the Socially Fearful: Addiction or Therapy? CyberPsychology and Behavior, 9(1), 69-81.
  • Cumming, S., Covic, T. (2006). Pain and Anxiety and Cognitive Function in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Covic, T., Cumming, S., Murrell, E. (2006). Pain Perceptions and Coping Strategies in Self-Harmers with and Without Borderline Personality Disorder. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Strkljevic, I., Coello, M., Cumming, S. (2006). Response of PTSD Symptomatology and Disability to Physiotherapy Treatment in Bosnian Refugees Stress Disorder (PTSD). 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2006). Stress and Allied Health Professionals. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Campbell, A. (2006). Stress and Psychological Well-Being among Allied Health Professionals. Journal of Allied Health, 35(4), 198-207.
  • Cumming, S., Harris, L. (2006). Work, Rest and Play: Predictors of Mood and Stress in the Healthcare Workforce. 27th International conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), http://star2006.org: Ellinika Grammata.

2005

  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2005). Executive dysfunction predicts poor psychosocial outcome three months after recovery from Major Depressive Disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(s2), A7-A7.

2004

  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2004). Executive dysfunction correlates with psychosocial outcome in Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(Supplement S2), 25-25.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S., Menzies, R. (2004). Predicting Anxiety In Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 11(1), 1-7.

2003

  • Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2003). An examination of the relationship between anxiety and performance on prospective and retrospective memory tasks. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55(1), 51-55.

2002

  • Withall, A., Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2002). An examination of executive function in major depressive disorder-a role in recovery? Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 17(8), 811-811.
  • Harris, L., Cumming, S. (2002). Social anxiety and alcohol consumption in an undergraduate sample. From Cell to Society 3, : British Medical Journal Publishing Group.

2001

  • Cumming, S., Harris, L., Kiernan, M., Williams, R. (2001). Semantic Priming of Expectancies Among High-and Low-restraint Non-problem Drinkers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53 No 3, 155-159.
  • Cumming, S., Harris, L. (2001). The impact of anxiety on the accuracy of diagnostic decision-making. Stress and Health, 17, 281-286.

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