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 and developmental psychopathology.


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