Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Translational research on education and special education; Academic development for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Peter Mundy Distinguished Professor of Education and Lisa Capps Chair in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education
There are seven million exceptional children with special needs
in our American school system, such as children with autism
spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and
comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs
of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances
in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.
Peter Mundy, professor in the School of Education and the School
of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
He is an expert in the education and development of children with
Autism. As a developmental and clinical psychologist, Mundy has
been working on defining the the major dimensions of autism for
the past 32 years.
Translational Research on Education and Special Education;
Academic Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
(ASD); Joint Attention, Social-Cognition, and Learning;
Education, Mind and Cognitive Neuroscience; Early Intervention;
Infancy and Adolescence; Research Methods.
An article about using virtual reality to examine social
motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by
Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and
School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning
Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ
matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy
stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual
avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by
the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and
surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity.
Read more here.
In an interview with Pauline Bartoloni, Professor Peter Mundy and
Educational Psychologist Mary Gwaltney discuss their research
using virtual reality to better understand how students with
autism process competing information in the classroom.
Mundy says, “We really have to know how those children are
developing, what impedes and what facilitates their development
in school. There’s a need to provide information that advances
the ability of teachers and schools to provide the right
education for [autistic] children.”
Educational Interventions for Students with Autism,
published as the first in the Autism for Educators
series by the UC Davis Mind Institute, has been released. The
book is edited by Peter Mundy and Ann Mastergeorge. It provides
information on topics related to deepening educators’
understanding of the issues and best practices involved in
education for autism, including practical strategies for
teachers, parents and school administrators.
Purchase the book here.
Peter Mundy, PhD Lisa Capps Professor of Neurodevelopmental
Disorders and Education, has formulated a neurodevelopmental
theory of social attention and the role it plays in learning,
symbolic thinking and social-cognition. This theory, in
part, guides the current research in Social Attention and Virtual
Reality Laboratory or SAV Lab.
Peter Mundy, professor and director of educational research at
the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, holds a multi-year grant
that has been designated a priority by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH). This project is designed to develop virtual reality
educational methods that can help very bright children with
autism improve social and emotional regulation skills that will
help them learn and adapt in school and vocational settings. In
fall 2009, Mundy launched the development phase of a virtual
reality lab, housed at the UC Davis Center for the Mind and