Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Field of Specialty

Clinical and developmental psychology, nonverbal communication, emotional development; gender differences

Contact Information

Brown Social Science Center 317

Personal Web Page

Joe Cunningham

Professor Cunningham conducts research on children's cognitive and emotional development and on the nonverbal communication of emotion by children and adults. He teaches courses in clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, and genetic counseling.


Parmley, Maria & Cunningham, Joseph G. "She looks sad, but he looks mad: The effects of age, gender, and ambiguity on emotion perception, Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 323-338.." Journal of Social Psychology 154. (2014): 323-338.

Parmley, M. & Cunningham, J.G. "Children's Gender-Emotion Stereotypes in the Relationship of Anger to Sadness and Fear." Sex Roles 58. (2008): 358-370.

Most, S.B., Sorber, A.V., & Cunningham, J.G. "Auditory Stroop reveals implicit gender associations in adults and children." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 43. (2007): 287-294.

Boone, R.T. & Cunningham, J.G. "Children's expression of emotional meaning in music through expressive body movement." Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 25. (2001): 21-41.

Boone, R.T. & Cunningham, J.G. "Children's decoding of emotion in expressive body movement: The development of cue attunement." Developmental Psychology 48. (1998): 32-44.

Brenner, J.B., & Cunningham, J.G. "Gender differences in eating attitudes, body concept, and self-esteem among models." Sex Roles 27. (1992): 413-437.

Cunningham, J.G., and Weaver, S.L. "Young children's knowledge of their memory span: Effects of task and experience." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 48. (1989): 32-44.

Cunningham, J.G., and Smith, R. "Developmental change in the understanding of affective meaning in music." Motivation and Emotion 12. (1988): 399-413.

Cunningham, J.G. & Odom, R.D. "Differential salience of facial features in children's perception of affective expression." Child Development 57. (1986): 136-142.

Courses Taught

BIOL 214c Genetic Counseling Process Group
PSYC 161a Clinical Psychology Practicum I
PSYC 161b Clinical Psychology Practicum II
PSYC 169b Disorders of Childhood