RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

lawlibraryDr. Cunningham is an exemplar of a ‘scientist-practitioner.’ He is actively involved in research and scholarship as reflected in recent contributions to peer-reviewed journals and edited books.

Below is a snapshot of Dr. Cunningham’s scholarship 2010 to date.  A complete publication list is available on his curriculum vitae.

 

 

Books and edited volumes:

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2010). Evaluation for capital sentencing. A volume in the Oxford best practices in forensic mental health assessment series, Series Editors: A. Goldstein, T. Grisso, and K. Heilbrun. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chapters in edited books:

  • Cunningham, M. D. (under review). Institutional violence and misconduct. In R. D.Morgan (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (under review). Competency for execution. In R. D. Morgan (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2016).  Forensic psychology evaluations at capital sentencing. In R. Jackson and R. Roesch (Eds.), Learning forensic assessment: Research and practice (International perspectives on forensic mental health). 2nd edition (pp. 202-228). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Macvaugh, G. S., Cunningham, M. D., & Tassé, M. J. (2015). Professional issues in Atkins assessments. In E. Polloway, (Ed.), The death penalty and intellectual disability: A guide. Washington: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

  • Cunningham, M. & Sorensen, J. (2014). Future dangerousness. In J.R. Acker, C. Lanier, & R. Bohm (eds.) America’s experiment with capital punishment: Reflections on the past, present and future of the ultimate penal sanction, 3rd edition (pp.289-307). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

  • Cunningham, M. D., & Goldstein, A. M. (2013). Sentencing determinations in death penalty cases. In R. Otto (Ed.), Forensic psychology (vol. 11 of 12). I. Weiner (Ed.), Handbook of psychology, 2nd edition (pp. 473-514). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2013). Evaluations at capital sentencing. In R. Roesch and P. Zapf (Eds.), Forensic assessments in criminal and civil law: A handbook for lawyers (pp.103-117). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2013). Death-sentenced inmates. In L. Gideon (Ed.), Special needs offenders in correctional institutions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Cunningham, M. D., Reidy, T. J., & Sorensen, J. R. (2016). Wasted resources and gratuitous suffering: The failure of a security rationale for death row. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 22 (2), 185-199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/law0000072

  • Hanlon, R., Brook, M., Demery, J. A., & Cunningham, M. D. (2015). Domestic Homicide: Neuropsychological profiles of murderers who kill family members and intimate partners. Journal of Forensic Sciences, online. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12908
  • Reidy, T. J., Sorensen, J. R., & Cunningham, M. D. (2013). Probability of criminal acts of violence: A test of jury predictive accuracy. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 31, 286-305. doi:10.1002/bsl.2064

  • Reidy, T. J., Sorensen, J. R., & Cunningham, M. D. (2012). Community violence to prison assault: A test of the behavior continuity hypothesis. Law and Human Behavior, 36(4), 356-363. doi:10:1037/h0093934

  • Sorensen, J. R., Cunningham, M. D., Vigen, M. P., & Woods, S. O. (2011). Serious assaults on prison staff: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39, 143-150. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2011.01.002

  • Cunningham, M. D., Sorensen, J. R., Vigen, M. P., & Woods, S. O. (2011).Correlates and actuarial models of assaultive prison misconduct among violence predicted capital offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38 (1), 5-25. doi:10.1177/0093854810384 830

  • Cunningham, M. D., Sorensen, J. R., Vigen, M. P., & Woods, S. O. (2011). Life and death in the Lone Star State: Three decades of violence predictions by capital juries. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 29 (1), 1-22. doi:10:1002/bsl.963

  • Cunningham, M. D., & Tassé, M. (2010). Looking to science rather than convention in adjusting IQ scores when death is at issue. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41 (5), 413-419. doi:10.1037/a0020226

  • Cunningham, M. D., Sorensen, J. R., Vigen, M. P., & Woods, S. O. (2010). Inmate homicides: Killers, victims, motives, and circumstances. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38 (4), 348-358. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2010.03.008

  • Cunningham, M. D., & Sorensen, J. R. (2010). Improbable predictions at capital sentencing: Contrasting prison violence outcomes. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 38 (1), 61-72.

  • Sorensen, J. R., & Cunningham, M. D. (2010). Conviction offense and prison violence: A comparative study of murderers and other offenders. Crime & Delinquency, 56 (1), 103-125. doi:10.1177/0011128707307175

Case reports, teaching points, profiles, and other commentary:

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2017). Third party presence – attorneys [ethics case commentary]. In G. Pirelli, R. Beattey, and P. Zapf (Eds.), The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook (185). New York: Oxford.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2017). Identifying the referral question and addressing multiple psycholegal questions in a single evaluation [ethics case commentary]. In G. Pirelli, R. Beattey, and P. Zapf (Eds.), The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook (179). New York: Oxford.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2014). Report on capital sentencing [case report]. In K. Heilbrun, D. DeMatteo, S. Brooks Holliday, and C. LaDuke (Eds.), Forensic mental health assessment: A casebook, 2nd Edition (137-144). New York: Oxford.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2011). [Professional profile]. In C. R. Bartol and A. M. Bartol (Eds.), Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application, 3rd Edition (177-179). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Cunningham, M. D. (2010). [Professional profile]. In R. M. Regoli and J. D. Hewitt, Exploring criminal justice: The essentials. Boston: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.