Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD| Psychiatry, Child And Adolescent Psychiatry | MedStar Health

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Psychiatry, Child And Adolescent Psychiatry

Languages: English

202-944-5404

About me

Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD, MAED, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is affiliated with the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and provides clinical care for adolescents and emerging adults. Dr. Coker-Appiah has also engaged in a focused program of research that has focused on Rural Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention and Rural Adolescent Mental Health. Her research program has enabled her to build a comprehensive, domestic and international, Adolescent Dating Violence (ADV) Prevention research program, utilizing community-based participatory research approaches. More specifically, her research program is designed to: (a) prevent ADV and the associated health implications (mental, sexual, physical) among rural African Americans and international youth of Color, (b) build effective and sustainable community partnerships that build community capacity to address these issues, and (c) design culturally and geographically appropriate ADV prevention interventions. She directs the Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention Laboratory, which, in addition to conducting research, provides training and mentoring to numerous students (undergraduate, graduate, medical) and fellows. Her research has been funded by both federal and non-federal grants. Dr. Coker-Appiah’s most recent research has focused on building community partnerships to promote mental health and prevent ADV in rural North Carolina (Project LOVE) and Ghana, West Africa (GEAR UP-Ghana). She is also currently exploring, from an intergenerational and key stakeholder perspective, knowledge, perceptions and beliefs about mental health in rural communities (Minding Our Business). Dr. Coker-Appiah has dedicated her career to engaging in innovative research designed to prevent ADV and promote the mental health of youth in rural communities of Color. She is passionate about using her clinical skills and research and prevention efforts to ensure that all adolescents are mentally healthy and able to live healthy, violence-free lives.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Mental Health
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Addiction Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Agitation
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Alcohol Dependency
  • Anger Issues
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues In Dementia
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Complicated Bereavement Disorder
  • Compulsive And Addictive Behaviors
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Cyclothymic Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Dysthymia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief
  • Hallucinations
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Hypomania
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Mania
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Paranoia And Delusional Disorders
  • Perinatal Mental Health Disorders
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Psycho Oncology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Harming Behaviors
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Substance Addiction
  • Substance Dependence
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Suicide Attempt
  • Thought Disorder
  • Trichotillomania
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Procedures I perform

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Men's Mental Health
  • Mental Health
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • Transplant Psychiatry
  • Women's Mental Health
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Practice locations

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2115 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20007

202-944-5400

Fax 855-771-6849

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)"
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)"
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO"
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)"

Education

Fellowship Program: National Institute of Health - NIMHD (2013)

Fellowship Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2006)

Graduate Education: University of Tennessee- Knoxville (2004)

Internship Program: The Ohio State University (2004)

Fellowship Program: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health ()