Bruce Pennington

Research Faculty

Professional Biography

Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D. is a developmental neuropsychologist who has earned an international reputation for his research on dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. He is particularly interested in using genetic and neuropsychological methods to understand comorbidity among disorders, such as the comorbidity between dyslexia and ADHD. He has been the primary research mentor for 35 doctoral and postdoctoral students, many of whom are now pursuing their own research on developmental disabilities.

He is a John Evans Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver, where he heads the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program. He received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from Duke University. His honors include Research Scientist, MERIT, and Fogarty awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association, and the Emanuel Miller Lecture from the British Child Psychology and Psychiatric Association. He is also a Fellow of AAAS.

He recently published The Development of Psychopathology: Nature and Nurture. (Guilford Press, 2002). His first book, Diagnosing Learning Disorders (Guilford Press, 1991), has now been revised and the second edition was published in 2008. It emphasizes a close relation between research and practice. In addition to being a researcher and research mentor, he is also a child clinical neuropsychologist, and has been active in clinical practice and training throughout his career.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Duke University, 1977

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Psychologist