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

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
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • 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
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


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.