Michelle Cumming, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational & Clinical Studies

Michelle Cumming


Carlson Education Building (CEB) 155


Curriculum Vitae

Research Expertise: Emotional and behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, social emotional learning, executive function, self-regulation, stress regulation, intervention and prevention

Dr. Cumming currently works as an assistant professor in Special Education in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies in the College of Education. Prior to completing her doctoral study, she was a university instructor for pre-service teachers and an elementary school teacher and learning specialist for students with high incidence disabilities. Dr. Cumming's research interests include the identification and treatment of neurocognitive deficits underlying emotional and behavioral problems. In her dissertation study, she aimed to better understand the variables that contribute to and escalate emotional and behavioral problems by investigating the relationships among stress, executive function, stress regulation, and emotional and behavioral outcomes of middle school students with and without behavior problems. Previously, Dr. Cumming worked as a research assistant on an Education Sciences funded development grant, which involved the development and pilot study of a tier 3 intervention designed to improve the self-regulation of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. She has most recently co-authored several articles focused on improving students' self-regulation through prevention and intervention efforts and presented at multiple international and national conferences. Dr. Cumming has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Scholars Program and the Irving & Rose Fein Graduate Assistantship award.

Dr. Cumming is thrilled to be joining the UNLV faculty. She believes her commitment to and passion for improving the outcomes of students in special education through both teacher preparation and research align well with the College of Education's goal to promote "quality instruction, significant research, and professional service." She believe her research interests, collaborative research experience, and strong background in teaching at both the elementary and university levels will be valuable contributions to the College.