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Dana L. Cunningham, Ph.D. has always had a passion for writing and wrote her first award-winning book in the second grade! Over the course of her career, Dr. Cunningham has authored and co-authored numerous articles, newsletters, and book chapters and recently published A Day I’ll Never Forget, the first in a series of children's books published by Dr. Cunningham. She has had a long-standing goal to write books that highlight the strength and resiliency of children in urban communities, despite the challenges they may face. Dr. Cunningham believes that books are powerful tools that can offer comfort and help others discover the strength and determination that lies within them.


Dr. Cunningham obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University. After completing her internship at the University of Maryland Medical System/ Maryland Veterans Administration Consortium, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland. Dr. Cunningham is a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated most of her professional career to strengthening families and helping youth overcome perceived obstacles. Dr. Cunningham is very passionate about her work and has presented at local and national conferences on various topics related to child and adolescent mental health. Currently, Dr. Cunningham is the Program Director for the Prince George's School Mental Health Initiative, which provides counseling and support services to students in special education.

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