Certified Pediatric Neuropsychologists In California

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Grace A. Mucci, Ph.D., ABPdN

Neuropsychology Services

5855 E. Naples Plaza, Suite 203

Long Beach, CA  90803


20 Newport Center Drive, Suite 300

Newport Beach, CA  90740

(949) 478-4503 Office 

(562) 856-6004 Fax




CHOC Children’s Hospital

1201 West La Veta Avenue

Orange, CA  92868

(714) 509-8481 Office





Dr. Mucci has over 20 years-experience in the assessment and treatment of children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and mental health conditions.  She is currently on medical staff at CHOC Children’s Hospital where she is the clinical liaison to CHOC Children’s Hyundai Cancer Center.  In addition to clinical activities, Dr. Mucci is involved in supervising of psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows, as well as several research projects involving the neurocognitive effects of cancer and epilepsy, as well as other chronic conditions that affect the central nervous system.  Dr. Mucci also has a private practice with offices in Long Beach and Newport Beach.


Dr. Mucci is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology, where she is currently serving as Executive Director, and is also listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and Children’s Oncology Group.  Dr. Mucci is an Associate Edit of  Pediatric Grand Rounds of the Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. 


Graduate School:

California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology - 1995

California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, M.S., Clinical Psychopharmacology - 2012


Clinical Training:

CHOC Children’s Hospital, 1993-1994, APA-Accredited Internship

CHOC Children’s Hospital, Advanced Internship, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1994-1996

Neurobehavioral Clinic and Counseling Center, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1995-1997


ORCID Profile

Research and Publications:

  • Mucci, G.A., Collins, E., Pearce, E., Avina, M., Hao, S., Onungwa, C., Bunac, J., Hunte, Y., Coopersmith, L., & Yewell, N. (In Press). The Lost Years: An integrative review of the mental health, educational, and social impact of the pandemic on children and adolescents from 2019 to 2020. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

  • Mucci, G. (2022)  Complexities of psychosocial late effects of childhood and adolescent brain tumors. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2022 Dec. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.15502. PMID: 36566482.

  • Gooch, M., Mehta, A., John, T., Lomeli, N., Naeem, E., Mucci, G., Toh, Y.L., Chan, A., Bota, D. & Torno, L. (2021) Feasibility of Cognitive Training to Promote Recovery in Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment (CRCI) in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Patients. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. Published Online: 21 Oct 2021. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2021.0055

  • Nishimura, E., Huszti, H., Huynh, V., Ingman, K., Mucci, G., Balderrama, M., Rising, S., Bava, L., Mueller, L, & Patel, S. (2021). Psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latino families with childhood cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 56-56.

  • Hoerig, C., Allen, K., Noskoff, K., Frediani, J., Pathare, J., Koerner, C., Derosa, V., Madrid, N., Miller, K., Mucci, G., Abongwa, C., & Plant, A.. (2020). Career Fair and Resource Expo: Advocating for the Long Term Success of Brain Tumor Survivors. Neuro-Oncology, 22 (Supplement 3), 437-438.

  • Wilford, J. G., McCarty, R., Torno, L., Mucci, G., Torres-Eaton, N., Shen, V., & Loudon, W. (2020). A Multi-Modal Family Peer Support-Based Program to Improve Quality of Life among Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. Children, 7(4), 35.

  • Varni, J. W., Junger, K. F., Kellermann, T., Grossman, L. B., Wagner, J., Mucci, G. A., ... & Modi, A. C. (2020). PedsQL™ Cognitive Functioning Scale in youth with epilepsy: Reliability and validity. Epilepsy & Behavior, 103, 106850.

  • Wagner, J. L., Mueller, M., Kellermann, T., Griffin, M., Smith, G., Soliven, M., Guilfoyle S., Junger K., Mucci G. ... & Barrett, L. (2019). Vulnerabilities to antiepileptic drug (AED) side effects in youth with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 97, 22-28.

  • Wagner, J. L., Modi, A. C., Guilfoyle, S. M., Junger, K. F., Weyand, C., Smith, G., ... & Mucci, G. (2019). Current behavioral health and cognitive screening practices in pediatric epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 101, 106214.

  • Junger, K. W., Modi, A. C., Guilfoyle, S. M., Smith, G., Wagner, J., Mucci, G. A., ... & Mara, C. A. (2019). Establishing clinical cutoffs for the PedsQL™ Epilepsy Module. Epilepsy & Behavior, 99, 106463.

  • Modi, A., Junger, K., Mara, C., Kellermann, T., Barrett, L., Wagner, J., Mucci, G., Bailey, L., Almane, D., Guilfoyle, S., Urso, L., Hater, B., Hustzi, H., Smith, G., Herrmann, B., Perry, M., Zupanc, M. and Varni, J. (2017). Validation of the PedsQL Epilepsy Module: A pediatric epilepsy-specific health-related quality of life measure. Epilepsia. doi:10.1111/epi.13875

  • Mucci, G., Lesyshyn, R., Grossman, L., Saiz, A., DeLuco, T., & Shen, W. (2017). Pediatric medulloblastoma: a case of recurrent disease and resiliency. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology, doi:10.1007/s40817-017-0032-5

  • Veenstra, A., Riley, J., Barrett, L., Muhonen, M., Zupanc, M., Romain, J., Lin, J., & Mucci, G. (2016). The impact of bilingualism on working memory in pediatric epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 55, pp. 6-10.

  • Stiles, A. R., Venturoni, L., Mucci, G., Elbalalesy, N., Woontner, M., Goodman, S., & Abdenur, J. E. (2015). New Cases of DHTKD1 Mutations in Patients with 2-Ketoadipic Aciduria. JIMD Reports.

  • Mucci, G. & Torno, L. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of Long Term Care of the Childhood Cancer Survivor. Edited Publication.