Logan Cummings


Graduate Student

Email: lcumm009@fiu.edu

Program: Clinical Science

Keywords: Adolescence, developmental affective neuroscience; depression; nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI); suicide; reward learning

Mentors: Dana McMakin, Aaron Mattfeld

Research Areas

Logan Cummings is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program and is pursuing a certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience at Florida International University. Broadly, Logan is interested in using tools from developmental affective neuroscience (e.g., fMRI, computational modeling) to understand the escalation of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (e.g., suicide, nonsuicidal self-injury) in adolescence. He hopes to identify neurodevelopmental processes (e.g., changes in brain structure and function; reward sensitivity; identity development; increased autonomy, and socio-affective learning opportunities) that can be leveraged via universal, preventative, and targeted interventions to promote positive growth trajectories or youth at-risk for, or engaging in, self-injury.


*Cummings, L.R.*, Mattfeld, A.T., Pettit, J.W., & McMakin, D.L. (in press). Viewing nonsuicidal self-injury in adolescence through a developmental neuroscience lens: The impact of neural sensitivity to socio-affective pain and reward. Clinical Psychological Science.

Woody, M.L., Yang, J.O., *Cummings, L.R.*, Gilchrist, G., Graur, S., Siegle, G.J., Price, R.B. (2019). Protracted amygdalar response predicts efficacy of a computer-based intervention targeting attentional patterns in transdiagnostic clinical anxiety. Translational Psychiatry, 9(1): 121.

Price, R.B., *Cummings, L.R.*, Gilchrist, D., Graur, S., Banihashemi, L., Kuo, S., Siegle, G.J. (2018). Towards personalized, brain-based behavioral intervention for transdiagnostic anxiety: Transient neural responses to negative images predict outcomes following a targeted computer-based intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(12): 1031 – 1045.

Price RB, Wallace M, Kuckertz JM, Amir N, Graur S, *Cummings, L.*, Popa P, Carlbring P, Bar-Haim Y. (2016). Pooled patient-level meta-analysis of children and adults completing a computer-based anxiety intervention targeting attentional bias. Clinical Psychology Review, 50: 37 – 49.


*Cummings, L.R*., Mattfeld, A.T., & McMakin, D.L. (2020, June 1 – September 1). Anhedonia reflects greater difficulty transitioning from aversive states to pleasurable states [APS Virtual Poster Showcase]. 32nd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Fournier, J., Jones, N., Chase, H., Cummings, L.R., Graur, S. & Phillips, M. (2017).  Personality dysfunction in depression and individual differences in effortful emotion regulation. Biological Psychiatry, 81(10): S336–S337.

Yang, J.O., *Cummings, L.*, Graur, S., Gilchrist, D., Siegle, G., & Price, R.B. Sustained neural processing in affective regions predicts efficacy of a computer-based intervention targeting attentional patterns in transdiagnostic clinical anxiety. Poster presented at 29 th Association for Psychological Association Convention. May 2017.

*Cummings, L.* & Fournier, J. Linking Childhood emotional abuse to suicidal ideation in depression: Pathological beliefs and neural correlates. Poster presented at presented at Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Annual Meeting. October 2016.

*Cummings, L.*, Graur, S., Siegle, G., & Price, R.B. Pattern of neural activation discriminates between initial and sustained dimensions of threat processing. Poster presented at 28th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. May 2016.

*Cummings, L.*, Graur, S., Siegle, G., & Price, R.B. Neural profile predicts the effectiveness of a computerized intervention task for transdiagnostic anxiety disorders. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Meeting. November 2015 

Buzzell, G. A, Roberts, D. M., *Cummings, L.*, Fedota, J. R., Thompson, J. C., Parasuraman, R., McDonald, C. G. Uncertainty monitoring as a mechanism for flexible cognitive control: New insights from individual differences. Poster presented at the 2015 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. March 2015 

*Cummings, L.* (2014). Applying the meaning making model to homesick, first-semester college students. Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, CEPO Undergraduate Poster Session. March 2015


  • BA, Psychology,, The University of Tampa, 2015
  • MS, Clinical Science, Florida International University, 2019