Johanna Penny Glass, PhD Psychologist



Penny (Johanna) Glass, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine. She is Director of the Child Development Program at Children's National Health System, and along with a staff of developmental and clinical psychologists, provides comprehensive developmental evaluations for children from birth up to 4 years, some of whom have complex medical conditions (such as cardiac disease, neurofibromatosis, sickle cell anemia), neurologic disorders, or genetic syndromes. Presenting problems may include delays in cognitive, social/language, motor skills, and attention problems; high risk for delay due to birth-related complications or chronic diseases; common behavioral problems such as feeding, sleep, and temper tantrums or self-regulation; and atypical or uncommon patterns of development.

Dr. Glass, is a renowned expert in infant and child development and recognized for her research on early biological and environmental insults to the developing brain. She has received major grant funding from National Institutes of Health, been published in peer reviewed journals, and presented at national and international meetings. The Child Development Program is part of the Developmental Pediatrics rotation for all Children's National pediatric residents and also serves as a training site for Fellows in Neonatology, Neurology, Physical Medicine, and Psychiatry, in addition to Postdoctoral Fellows in Child Development, Psychology Interns, and graduate students.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • PhD, 1985
    George Washington University
  • MA, AB, 1971
    Auburn University
  • Fellowship Program
    Richard Wolff, PhD
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Johanna Penny Glass

Patient story

Skylar's Story

"You have a right to feel robbed of what others have gotten to enjoy, but you also will be thankful for things your child will do that 'normal' parents will never understand. "

Timothy Diving

Timothy's Story

 Other than the scar on the right side of his neck, there are no visible signs that he went through such grave trauma at birth."

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Teresa's Story

"The thing I like most about Children's National is that they don't just take great care of the sick children, but they also take great care of the whole family."

Patient story

Sarah's Story

"I know how difficult it is, when you don't have all the answers, and are not getting much sleep in the hospital with your child. I want to assure you that the answers will come."

Patient story

Ava's Story

"She continually amazes us, she is truly a Children’s miracle!"



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

108th Annual American Psychological Association Meeting

(2000) Long-Term Follow-Up of Neonates Treated with EMCO: Neuropsychological Status

Development of the Visual System and the Implications for Early Intervention

(2002) Infant and Young Child

Incidence of Epilepsy 5 Years of Age in Neonates Treated with ECMO

(1997) Epilepsia

Neurodevelopmental Outcome in ECMO vs NearMiss ECMO Patients at 5 Years of Age

(2001) Clinical Pediatrics

Outcome and Followup of Neonates Treated with ECMO

(2005) Extracorporeal Life Support

Overview of Developmental Issues

(1996) Home Care for the High-Risk Infant: A Family-Centered Approach

Pattern of Neuropsychological Deficit at Age Five Years Following Neonatal Unilateral Brain Injury

(1998) Brain and Language

The Vulnerable Neonate and the Neonatal Intensive Care Environment

(2005) Neonatology: Pathophysiology and Management of the Newborn

Traumatic Brain Injury Prior to One Year of Age

(2001) Pediatric Research

Your Baby was Born Prematurely

(2001) When Your Child Has a Disability: the Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care

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