Dr. Cummings is a core faculty member in the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies. Her research focuses on issues concerning access to and quality of behavioral health services, with a particular emphasis on racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic disparities among the child and adolescent population. She has a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health that examines determinants of mental health service use among Medicaid-enrolled children in the safety-net using quantitative and qualitative methods.
Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in service and leadership activities within AcademyHealth, a preeminent national association of health services and health policy researchers. She is currently serving as Chair of the AcademyHealth Behavioral Health Services Research Interest Group Advisory Committee.
Areas of Interest
- Addiction/Substance Abuse
- Adolescent Health/Child Health
- Health Economics
- Health Policy
- Mental Health
- Health Disparities
- B.A. 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll
- Ph.D. 2009, University of California at Los Angeles
- HPM 730: Theory-Based Research Design
- Cummings J, Druss B, 2011, Racial/ethnic differences in mental health service use among adolescents with major depression, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 50, 2
- Cummings J, Wen H, Druss B, 2013, Improving access to mental health services for youth in the United States. , JAMA, 309, 533-554
- Cummings J, Lucas S, Druss B, 2013, Addressing public stigma and disparities among persons with mental illness: The role of federal policy, American Journal of Public Health, 103, 781-785
- Cummings J, Wen A, Ko M, Druss B, 2014, Race/ethnicity and geographic access to Medicaid substance use treatment facilities in the United States. , JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 190-196