School Receives $1 Million Grant To Study Autism’s Impact on Education March 2012
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education
Sciences (IES) has awarded a four-year $1 million grant to School
of Education professor Peter Mundy.
Mundy will conduct a longitudinal
study to identify the factors that impede or facilitate
learning in elementary and secondary students with autism
spectrum disorders (ASD). Part of the study will employ measures
from Mundy’s Social Attention Virtual Reality Laboratory to
better understand the similarities and differences of how
attention problems impact learning and academic development in
children with ASD compared to children with Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorders. IES will provide UC Davis with
$1,082,130 direct costs over the four years of this project.
Mundy’s lab is located in the Center for Mind and Brain.
Mundy is Director of Educational Research at the UC Davis MIND
Institute and holds the Lisa Capps Chair for Neurodevelopmental
Disorders in the UC Davis School of Education and Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the UC Davis School of
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.