• Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Pediatrics

Research Statement

Dr. Cunningham currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine. He has dual graduate degrees in clinical and educational psychology and is licensed at the doctoral level as a psychologist in the State of Utah. Dr. Cunningham serves a Psychologist for the Developmental Assessment Center. His specializations revolve around the assessment, intervention and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions (i.e., autism spectrum disorders, social [pragmatic] communication disorder. attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), specific learning disorder), psychological and neuropsychological testing, research, and parent and family advocacy.


  • Cunningham S, Nguyen Q-T. Infant and Early Childhood Development. Child and Family Development Center, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2019.
  • Cunningham S. Identification of Early Signs for a Potential Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Primary Care Setting. Utah State Department of Health, South Main Clinic, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2018.
  • Cunningham S. Autism Spectrum Surveillance. Primary Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2018.
  • Cunningham S. Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Preschool Population: Diagnostic and Family Considerations. Critical Issues Facing Children & Adolescents 2015 Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2015.
  • Gabrielsen Y, Higbee T, Peters A, Krasny L, Winter S, Cunningham S. Pre-School Identification and Early Intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Part I & Part II. In T. Gabrielsen (chair), Early Intervention Track, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Symposium International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. , , 2015.
  • Cunningham S. Panel Participant. ASD Symposium Discussion Team for Families/Individuals with ASD. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. , , 2015.
  • Cunningham S. Contemporary Trends in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. Woman & Child Institute Spring Research Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2015.
  • Cunningham S, Norris-Brilliant A. Neurodevelopemental Testing. NHLBI Bench to Bassinet Research Program, Rockville, MD. , , 2018.
  • Miller T, Cunninham S, Glotzbach K, Winter S. Congenital Heart Disease & Neurodevelomental Considerations. Heart Center Parent Q&A Forum. Primary Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2018.
  • Cunningham S, Weaver LK, Deru K, Jensen J, Petty L. Prospective neuropsychological assessment of children with carbon monoxide poisoning. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, 45th Annual Scientific Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. , , 2012.
  • Weaver LK, Cunningham SD, Farnsworth K, Layton B, Deru K, Petty L. Prospective vestibular outcomes of children with carbon monoxide poisoning. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, 45th Annual Scientific Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. , , 2012.
  • Cunningham S, Block H. Neurological Exploration of Working Memory in a Learning Context: Academic and Practical Matters. Davis School District, Farmington, UT. , , 2012.
  • Cunningham S. Autism and Evidenced-Based Practices. Davis School District, Farmington, UT. , , 2010.
  • Cunningham S. Using the Leiter-R in the Schools as a Nonverbal Measure of Cognitive Ability. Davis School District, Farmington, UT. , , 2009.
  • Cunningham S. Special Education Classification: Autism. Davis School District, Farmington, UT. , , 2009.
  • Forrester K, Cunningham S. Behavioral Modification in the School Setting. Washington County School District, Washington, PA. , , 2007.
  • Cunningham SD, Warschausky SA, Dixon Thomas PJ. Differences in parenting behaviors and social outcomes for children with and without disabilities. Utah Association of School Psychologists, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2007.
  • Cunningham S. Mediators & Moderators: What’s the difference? Department of Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. , , 2005.
  • Warschausky S, Dixon P, Cunningham S. Neuropsychological correlates of social adjustment in children with congenital neurodevelopmental conditions. International Neuropsychological Society 33rd Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. , , 2005.
  • Cunningham S, Dixon P, Warschausky S. Parent facilitation of social integration for children with brain lesions. Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Lansing, MI. , , 2003.
  • Cunningham S. Motivational Interviewing. Washtenaw County Health Organization, Ann Arbor, MI. , , 2003.
  • Cunningham S, Karl M, Frederick E, Hartford C. Dialectical behavior therapy for substance abusers. Washtenaw County Health Organization, Ann Arbor, MI. , , 2002.
  • Neurenberg L, Cunningham S. A community-based group approach for severe and persistent mental illness. American Psychiatric Association 54th Institute on Psychiatric Services, Chicago, IL. , , 2002.
  • Cunningham S, Freedman-Doan C. A longitudinal study of mothers’ and fathers’ beliefs and perceptions in predicting social self-efficacy in adolescent girls and boys. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, New Orleans, LA. , , 2002.
  • Presenter, KSL Television, How to Talk to Parents about Teen Drug Use. , , 2014.
  • Manwaring S S, Cardon T, Fischer A J, Cunningham S, Stevens A, Kirby A V, West,R, Iverson S, Robinson B, Guy C, Reidy M, Burgon D, Gabrielsen T P. Community Training Outreach: The Utah Network for Early Autism Response. Poster session presented at International Society for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD. Poster, Presented, 2016.
  • Gabrielsen T P, Manwaring S, Cardon T, Fisher A, Cunningham S, Stevens A, Burgon D, Carolan A, West R, Lynam, K. Training and Support for Early Identification of Autism: Creating the Utah Network for Early Autism Response. Poster session presented at Autism CARES Grantee Meeting, Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Bethesda, MD. Poster, Presented, 2015.


  • English, Fluent.


  • Campbell K, Cunningham S, Neeley A, Young PC, Stoddard G, Stone B, Carbone PS (date unknown). Ratings of Physician Communication by Caregivers of Hospitalized Children With and Without Autism. Vol. 11, 547-553. Accepted, .
  • Goldman-Luthy J (date unknown). Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Educators. Information and resources on the Medical Home Portal website for assisting school personnel to work more effectively with children with ADHD and to facilitate communication and with families and primary care providers about students with ADHD and related behaviors. Expert review by Sean Cunningham, Ph.D. Originally published 10/2015. Medical Home Portal. Accepted, .