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 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)"
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • 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


Graduate Education: Howard University (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.