Peter Clive Mundy, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Peter Clive Mundy, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor & Lisa Capps Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Education



Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Child Clinical Psychology

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Philosophy of Care

Autism is part of human nature and autistic people display all manner of human individual differences. This makes understanding all the important details of autism difficult, but also means that people with autism can benefit from many different intervention approaches.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Mundy is a developmental psychologist involved in research on defining the nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to inform the development of more effective diagnostic and intervention methods.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Mundy's research has focused on understanding how differences in early attention development play a role in the development and outcomes of autism. Since the 1980's his research has contributed to defining the nature of social differences of autism, the diagnosis of autism in preschool children and the development of early effective intervention for autism. Most recently his research has focuses on how the symptoms of autism may impact learning in school aged children.


Clinical Psychologist

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute

Undergraduate School

B.A., Psychology, Stockton State University, Pomona NJ 1976

Undergraduate School

M.S., Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL 1979

Other School

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL 1981


Psychiatry, Childhood Psychosis, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles CA 1981-1983


Child Clinical Psychology, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles CA 1983-1985

Appointed Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research, 2021

Member, Lancet Commission on the Future of Care and Research in Autism, 2018

President, International Society of Autism Research, 2018

Distinguished Professor, UC Davis, 2017

Leonard and Frances Blackman Lecture award; Columbia University Teachers College, for impact of joint attention research and theory development on the field of autism and education applications, 2010

Mundy P, Bullen J. The Bidirectional Social-Cognitive Mechanisms of the Social-Attention Symptoms of Autism. Front Psychiatry. 2022 Jan 31;12:752274. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2021.752274. PMID:35173636.

Lord C, Charman T, Havdahl A, Carbone P, Anagnostou E, Boyd B, Carr T, de Vries PJ, Dissanayake C, Divan G, Freitag CM, Gotelli MM, Kasari C, Knapp M, Mundy P, Plank A, Scahill L, Servili C, Shattuck P, Simonoff E, Singer AT, Slonims V, Wang PP, Ysrraelit MC, Jellett R, Pickles A, Cusack J, Howlin P, Szatmari P, Holbrook A, Toolan C, McCauley JB. The Lancet Commission on the future of care and clinical research in autism. Lancet. 2022 Jan 15;399(10321):271-334. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01541-5. Epub 2021 Dec 6. PMID:34883054.

Bullen J, Mundy P. Patterns of math and reading achievement in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2022;92(5):1-13. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2022.101933.

Bullen JC, Swain Lerro L, Zajic M, McIntyre N, Mundy P. A Developmental Study of Mathematics in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or Typical Development. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Dec;50(12):4463-4476. doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04500-9. PMID:32306219.

Mundy P. A review of joint attention and social-cognitive brain systems in typical development and autism spectrum disorder. Eur J Neurosci. 2018 Mar;47(6):497-514. doi:10.1111/ejn.13720. Epub 2017 Oct 25. PMID:28922520.

Mundy P, Novotny S, Swain-Lerro L, McIntyre N, Zajic M, Oswald T. Joint-Attention and the Social Phenotype of School-Aged Children with ASD. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 May;47(5):1423-1435. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3061-0. PMID:28229349.

McIntyre NS, Solari EJ, Gonzales JE, Solomon M, Lerro LE, Novotny S, Oswald TM, Mundy PC. The Scope and Nature of Reading Comprehension Impairments in School-Aged Children with Higher-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Sep;47(9):2838-2860. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3209-y. PMID:28624962.

McIntyre NS, Solari EJ, Grimm RP, E Lerro L, E Gonzales J, Mundy PC. A Comprehensive Examination of Reading Heterogeneity in Students with High Functioning Autism: Distinct Reading Profiles and Their Relation to Autism Symptom Severity. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Apr;47(4):1086-1101. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3029-0. PMID:28160222.

Burrows CA, Usher LV, Schwartz CB, Mundy PC, Henderson HA. Supporting the Spectrum Hypothesis: Self-Reported Temperament in Children and Adolescents with High Functioning Autism. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Apr;46(4):1184-95. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2653-9. PMID:26589536.

Mundy P, Kim K, McIntyre N, Lerro L, Jarrold W. Brief Report: Joint Attention and Information Processing in Children with Higher Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Jul;46(7):2555-60. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2785-6. PMID:27062035.