Mark D. Cunningham, Ph.D., ABPP is a board-certified clinical and forensic psychologist, and nationally-recognized researcher and scholar. In state and federal courts throughout the United States, his careful, insightful evaluations have illuminated determinations of:
- competency to stand trial,
- competency to waive Miranda rights,
- competency for execution,
- mental state at time of offense,
- PSRB suitability for conditional release,
- juvenile sentencing/re-sentencing (Miller evaluation),
- intellectual disability (Atkins evaluation),
- capital mitigation,
- capital violence risk assessment for prison,
- psychological injury in civil cases,
- child custody and visitation access,
- and other forensic issues.
Dr. Cunningham has pioneered the use of innovative digital demonstrative exhibits and graphic models in compellingly illustrating his testimony. In both peer-reviewed journals and edited books, he has published groundbreaking research and authored treatises on recommendations for best practice in forensic evaluations.
Dr. Cunningham’s scholarship and that of other chapter authors were recently recognized with an award by the American Psychology-Law Society for a text for which he had contributed a chapter. Dr. Cunningham’s scholarship and practice were recognized with the 2012 National Register of Health Service Psychologists A. M. Welner, Ph.D. Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by this organization of 15,000 psychologists. His research was previously honored with the 2006 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy and the 2005 Texas Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science. In 2006, Dr. Cunningham was elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, a distinction reflecting uncommon and outstanding contribution to the practice and science of psychology on a national level. Dr. Cunningham’s practice of clinical and forensic psychology is national in scope, and he is licensed as a psychologist in 18 states* and has provided evaluations and testimony in 42 states and Puerto Rico.
*Licensed psychologist: Alabama #1564, Alaska #116954, Arizona #3662, Arkansas #98-17P, Colorado #2305, Delaware #B1-0001047 (inactive), Florida #PY8347, Idaho #PSY-379, Illinois #071-006010, Indiana #20041376A, Iowa #1316, Louisiana #794, Nevada #PY0625, New York #017111-1 (inactive), Oregon #1333, Pennsylvania #PS016942, Tennessee #2255, Texas #22351, Washington #PY60207411