Fr. Sam Cunningham

Fr. Sam Cunningham, SVD

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Raised and attended schools in Central Illinois. Became involved with Divine Word Missionaries in high school. Professed first vows as a Divine Word Missionary in 1974 and Perpetual Vows in 1981. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 12, 1981. Since ordination, he has worked as Vocation Director, Parish Pastoral Minister, Instructor of Theology, Formator, Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Psychology. 


B.A. -- Divine Word College, Epworth, IA. (English Literature) 
M.Div. -- Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. (Theology with Mission Specialization)
M.A. -- Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. (Mission Theology)
M.A. -- Adler University, Chicago, IL. (Marriage and Family Therapy)
Psy.D. -- Adler University, Chicago, IL. (Clinical Psychology) 
Post-Doctoral Residency, Dreikurs Mental Health Clinic, Chicago, IL. (Prison Specialty) 

Courses Taught at DWC

The History of Christianity in Latin America
Diversity in Sexuality
Slavery and Religion in the Americas
Pastoral Psychology Across the Life-course 


Dissertation: The Effectiveness of Domestic Violence Workshops for Catholic Pastoral Ministers and Implications for Practice 

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)
Illinois License as a Clinical Psychologist 
Iowa License as a Clinical Psychologist 
Iowa License as a Health Service Provider 
Divine Word Missionary 
Faculties as a Roman Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque 

Intercultural Experience

Pastoral Service: Pastoral Ministry and Seminary Education in Paraguay. Continual work with migrants, immigrants and refugees in IL, IN & IA. 

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