BA (Adelaide), PhD (California)


Dr Candida Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, continues her research into the role of communication processes in family relationships and social-cognitive development. Dr Peterson's recent research includes:

  • the development of a theory of mind in deaf children with other cognitive and sensory impairments
  • parent-adolescent communication and conflict resolution
  • the development of an understanding of lying and its social consequences through the life span
  • children's understanding of biology and culture as a basis for family resemblance.

  • Peterson, C. and Siegal, M. (2000) Insights into theory of mind from deafness and autism, Mind and Language 15:123-145.
  • Peterson, C. and Siegal, M. (1999) Representing inner worlds: Theories of mind in deaf, autistic and normal hearing children, Psychological Science 10:126-129.
  • Siegal, M. and Peterson, C.C. (1999) Children's understanding of biology, health and ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Peterson, C. and Siegal (1998) Changing focus on the representational mind: Concepts of false photographs, false drawings and false beliefs in deaf, autistic and normal children, British Journal of Developmental Psychology 16:301-320.
  • Peterson, C.C. (1996) Looking forward through the life span: Developmental psychology (3rd ed.). Sydney: Prentice-Hall.