Founded in 1994 by the husband and wife team of Dr. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings, its mission is to foster the inclusion of doctoral psychotherapy as an integral, indispensable part of healthcare delivery. Providers with special training in both behavioral and primary care are seen co-located with primary care physicians (PCPs) in behavioral/primary care settings serving as behavioral care providers (BCPs). To this end, The Foundation funds training programs, research, publications and awards designed to provide a centrifugal force toward the development of behavioral care as an integral part of primary care.
The Cummings Foundation announced that it is in the process of starting a new graduate institute, the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, with plans for offering the Drs. Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Doctor of Behavioral Health Program, which previously was located at the Arizona State University. Dr. Janet Cummings, President of the Cummings Foundation, decided that the uniqueness and innovative aspects of the DBH program deserves to have its own standalone institute where the focus is solely on behavioral health studies. The namesake of the DBH Program, Dr. Nicholas Cummings, will again play a major role in getting the institute and program licensed and accredited.