Peter Mundy, Ph.D. - IDDRC Investigator

Peter Mundy, Ph.D.

Director of Educational Research, UC Davis MIND Institute, Lisa Capp Endowed Chair in Neurodevelopment and Education, Professor, School of Education and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2825 50th Street, Room 2259
Sacramento, CA 95817 

Phone: 916-703-0310 / Fax: 916-703-0244

Areas of Interest

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Psychopathology, Social Attention and Learning Disability


Peter Mundy is the Principal Investigator of and IES longitudinal grant on attention and academic development in higher functioning elementary and secondary students with ASD. As Director of the Educational Research at the UC Davis MIND Institute he is focused on research to translate theory and research on preschool social attention disturbance in such a way as to support advances in research and treatment for the social-cognitive and academic difficulties that school-aged children with ASD experience. He is especially interested in how the expression of joint attention disturbance may express itself differently over development in school-aged children and how difficulty with adopting a common point of reference (joint attention) may impede academic, as well as social development in 8- to 16-year-old children who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Current IDDRC Projects

  • IES (Institute for Education Sciences), R324A110174, 03/01/2012-02/28/2016.   Virtual Reality Applications for Attention and Learning in Children with Autism and ADHD (P. Mundy, P.I.)

Recent Representative Publications

Henderson, H. A., Ono, K. E., McMahon, C., Schwartz, C. B., Usher, L., & Mundy, P. C.  (in press).  The costs and benefits of self-monitoring for higher functioning children and adolescents with autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Jarrold, W., Mundy, P., Gwaltney, M., Bailenson, J., Hatt, N., McIntyre, N.,  Kim, K., Solomon, M., Novotny, S. & Swain, L. (2013.  Complex social attention, ADHD and social anxiety in school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Research, 6, 393-410.

Kim, K. & Mundy, P. (2012). Joint attention, social cognition and recognition memory in adults.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Special Topic: Towards a neuroscience of social interaction, 6, 1-11.

Burnette, C., Henderson, H. A., Sutton, S., Pradella Inge, A., Zahka, N., Schwartz, C., & Mundy, P. C.  (2011). Anterior EEG asymmetry and the modifier model of autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 1113-1124.

Mundy, P., Sullivan, L., and Mastergeorge, A.  (2009). A parallel and distributed processing model of joint attention, social cognition and autism. Autism Research, 2, 2-21.