Nicholas Cummings

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Nicholas Cummings
Born (1924-07-25)July 25, 1924
Salinas, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley, Claremont Graduate University and Adelphi University
Occupation Psychologist
Spouse(s) Dorothy Mills Cummings

Nicholas Andrew Cummings (born July 25, 1924) is an American psychologist and author.


Cummings first attended the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology, before moving to Claremont Graduate University for his master's and Adelphi University for a doctorate in clinical psychology.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Cummings is a former president of the American Psychological Association (1979) and Chief of Mental Health with the Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (1959-1979),[2] he co-founded with his wife the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundations, Inc. in 1994.[3] The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring routine healthcare includes doctoral psychotherapy. He has said that sexual reorientation therapy is not unethical.[4] Cummings has authored or co-authored a number of books.[5]

In 2005 the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) awarded Cummings the 'Sigmund Freud Award', in recognition of outstanding research work.

Personal life[edit]

Cummings was born in Salinas, California. He has been married to Dorothy Mills Cummings for over 60 years. They have two children, Janet and Andy, and two grandchildren, Amy and Kent.


  1. ^ "Biographical Sketches, Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D." Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Former APA President Dr. Nicholas Cummings Describes his Work with SSA Clients". National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation". Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Cummings, Nicholas (30 July 2013). "Sexual reorientation therapy not unethical: Column". USA Today. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare

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