Mana K Carter, PhD| Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology | MedStar Health

Mana K Carter, PhD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology

Languages: English

About me

Mana K. Ali Carter, PhD, is a board-certified rehabilitation psychologist at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH). In both inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation settings, Dr. Ali Carter conducts psychological assessments and provides interventions aimed to support mood, coping with disabilities, health behaviors (e.g., pain management, sleep hygiene), and overall quality of life.

Dr. Ali Carter is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She also serves as the Director of Training for the Rehabilitation and Pain Psychology Fellowship at MedStar NRH and Co-Chair for MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee.



Clinical areas of focus

  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Disorders
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Chronic Pain
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Coping Skills
  • Depression And Anxiety Assessments
  • Mental Health
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
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Practice locations

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102 Irving Street Northwest
NRH Rehab at Irving St Outpatient Center
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-829-2632

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Fax 202-829-2632


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

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


Fellowship Program: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2017)

Graduate Education: Howard University (2015)

Internship Program: Baltimore VA Medical Center (2015)

News and publications

Ali, M.K., & Mickens, M. (2018). Treatment engagement and multicultural considerations. In. A. Maragakis, & W.T. O’Donohue, Principle-based stepped care and brief psychotherapy for integrated care settings (p.449). Cham, Switerzland:Springer. 

Ali, M.K., Hack, S.M., Brown, C.H., Medoff, D., Fang, L., Klingaman, E.A., Park, S.G., Dixon, LB., Kreyenbuhl, J.A. (2017). Racial differences in mental health recovery among Veterans with serious mental illness. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0363-z

Beacham, A.O., Van Sickle, K.S., Khatri, P., Ali, M., Reimer, D., Farber, E.W., & Kaslow, N.J. (2017). Meeting evolving workforce needs: Preparing psychologists for leadership in the Patient Centered Medical Home. American Psychologist, 72(1), 42-54.

Farber, E.W., Ali, M.K., Van Sickle, K.S., & Kaslow, N.J. (2017). Psychology in Patient-Centered Medical Homes: Reducing health disparities and promoting health equity. American Psychologist, 72(1), 28-41.

Sims, R.C., Cole, A.P., Ali, M.K., Whitfield, K.E., Skinner, J., Mwendwa, D.T. (2016). Examining the influence of obesity on executive function and memory in middle age and older African Americans. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31, 23-28.

Ali, M., Mwendwa, D., Sims, R., Ramsey, N., Ricks, M., Callender, C., & Sumner, A.E.  (2016).The association between age at immigration and kidney function in relatively healthy African immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(1), 294-201.

Ali, M., Mwendwa, D., Sims, R., & Whitfield, K.E. (2014). Mindfulness as a potential protective factor against negative affect in older African Americans. Journal of Depression and Anxiety, S1, 1.

Sims, R.C., Bennett, N., Mwendwa, D.T., Ali, M., Levy, S.A., Callender, C., & Campbell, A. (2014). Executive functioning and negative eating behaviors in severely obese African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 24(3), 328-324.

Mwendwa, D., Ali, M., Sims, R., Cole, A., Lipscomb, M., Levy, S., Callender, C., & Campbell, A. (2013). Depressive and hostile personality styles are associated with inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease in African Americans. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 28, 72-82.

Mwendwa D., Ali, M., Sims, R., Madhere, S., Levy, S., Callender, C., & Campbell, A. (2013). Psychometric properties of the Cook Medley Hostility Scale and its association with inflammatory markers in African Americans. Psychology, Health, and Medicine, 18, 431-444.

Mwendwa, D.T., Gholson, G., Sims, R.C., Levy-Massey, S.A., Ali, M., Harrell, J., Callender, C.O., & Campbell, A.L. (2011). Coping with perceived racism: A significant factor in the development of obesity in African-American women? Journal of the National Medical Association, 103, 602-608.

Sims, R., Mwendwa, D., Ali, M., Thomas, J., Callender, C., & Campbell, A. (2010). Depressive symptomatology: Relations to C-reactive protein in African-American men. Journal of Best Practices in Health Profession Diversity: Research, Education and Policy, 3, 43.