This volume illuminates the interplay among biological, psychological, and social-contextual processes in the development of prevalent clinical problems. Bruce F. Pennington explains the variety of methods used to investigate the mind-brain connection, including behavioral and molecular genetics, studies of brain structure and function, neuropsychology, and treatment studies. Shedding light on where mental disorders come from, how they develop, and why they are so common, the book also examines the implications for diagsis, treatment, and prevention.
Bruce F. Pennington, PhD, is John Evans Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver, where he heads the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program. He received his BA in English at Harvard University in 1968 and his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University in 1977. He has earned an international reputation for his research on dyslexia, autism, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and has published over 150 scientific papers on these topics. His honors include Research Scientist, MERIT, and Fogarty awards from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pennington's earlier book, Diagnosing Learning Disorders, 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. .