Parisi Cummings, Mindy

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Fordham University
M.S.Ed., Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Honors Program and Psychology, Villanova University

Courses Taught

History and Systems of Psychology
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Personality Theory and Assessment
Advanced Psychopathology and Evidence-Based Practice
Supervision Theory and Practice
Advanced Practicum III and IV

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

My approach to teaching is to encourage not only formal subject knowledge, but to help students make connections between the course material and real-world practice and apply their knowledge to new situations.  Toward this end, I bring over 25 years of clinical experiences into the classroom to enliven the material and connect it to practice.  In addition, I strive to create a highly interactive classroom environment where students actively participate in their learning and engage their critical thinking and collaboration skills.

Recent Presentations/Publications


Parisi Cummings, M., & Bonacquisti, A. (2021). A student-centered approach to integrative 
assessment across the doctoral curriculum. In H. Scherschel & D. S. Rudmann (Eds.) Teaching tips: A compendium of conference presentations on teaching, 2020-21. (pp. 9-12). Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Parisi Cummings, M., & Alexander, R.  (2021, February 28).  Exploring best practices in the treatment of severe and enduring anorexia nervosa: A pilot study. Gurze-Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue.

Parisi Cummings, M., Jervis, A., Fisher, M., Kliebhan, T., & Rolling, J. (2021).
Ethically challenging dilemmas: Eating disorders and treatment options.  The Pennsylvania Psychologist, 81(2), 6-7; 23.

Parisi, M., Stack, L., Miller, M., & Keitel, M.  (2017).  Counseling women with eating
disorders.  In Kopala, M., & Keitel, M. (Eds.), Handbook of counseling women (2nd Ed.).  New York:  Sage Publications.


Parisi Cummings, M., & Bonacquisti, A. (2021).  A student-centered approach to integrative assessment across the doctoral curriculum [conference session].  Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention.

Parisi Cummings, M., & Alexander, R. (2021). Is it time for a paradigm shift?
An exploration of best practices for severe and enduring anorexia nervosa.  [conference session].  International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Annual Symposium.

Parisi Cummings, M., Jervis, A., Kliebhan, T., Fisher, M., & Rolling, J. (2021).  Navigating treatment rejection when working with patients with eating disorders: Conversations with clinicians [conference session].  International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Annual Symposium.

Parisi Cummings, M., & Erckert, I. M. (2020).  Working with severe and enduring eating disorders: Managing treatment resistance and refusal. International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Newtown, PA.

Parisi Cummings, M., Jervis, A., Fisher, M., Kliebhan, T., & Rolling, J. (2020).  One
size does not fit all: Navigating eating disorders treatment refusal. [Conference session].  Pennsylvania Psychological Association Annual Convention, Lancaster, PA (conference cancelled).

Menago, D., & Parisi Cummings, M. (2020).  Suicide assessment, bereavement &postvention: What do graduate counseling psychology students need to know.  53rd Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference.

Parisi Cummings, M. (2019, June 21).   Quandaries in treating eating disorders: Examining ethical challenges.  Workshop presented at the annual Pennsylvania Psychological Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Tryon, S., & Parisi Cummings, M. (2018, May 12).  How do I know if treatment is working? Presentation at the National Eating Disorders Association conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Ott, E., Keitel, M., & Parisi Cummings, M. (2017, November).  It’s (also) a boy’s problem: Supporting fathers caring for a son with anorexia.  Presentation at the Binge Eating Disorders Association/National Eating Disorders Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa
Psi Chi
2004 YWCA Princeton “Tribute to Women” award
2003 Walter F. Gips, Jr. Grantwriting Award

Research Interests

My research agenda is focused on the treatment of anorexia nervosa.  Specifically, I am examining the dilemmas clinicians face when treating clients who reject treatment, strategies for enhancing treatment of clients with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, and the impact of anorexia nervosa on parents.  In addition, I am interested in developing and evaluating programs to train clinicians in the evidence-based performance of suicide risk assessment and safety planning.  

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist – Pennsylvania
Licensed Psychologist - New Jersey
Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals)