Penny Leigh Wolfe, PhD| Psychology | MedStar Health

Penny Leigh Wolfe, PhD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Psychology

Languages: English

(202) 291-5366

About me

Dr. Penny Wolfe received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. She completed an APA approved clinical internship specializing in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She then completed a two year APA/APPCN approved postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan/Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan. She is board-certified in Rehabilitation Psychology.

Dr. Wolfe joined the psychology department at MedStar NRH in 2006. She is presently a clinical neuropsychologist working primarily on the inpatient brain injury unit providing evaluation and treatment for individuals with a variety of neurological conditions including acquired brain injury, stroke, dementia, aneurysm, brain tumor, anoxic injury, encephalopathy, Parkinson's disease, hydrocephalic conditions and other neurologically based disorders.

Dr. Wolfe also conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapy with individuals who have experienced brain injury or other neurological conditions.

Dr. Wolfe has research interests in forensic neuropsychological evaluation and improving behavioral, psychosocial and community integration outcomes following brain injury and other areas involving the evaluation and treatment of neurological conditions.

She is licensed in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Dementia
  • Depression And Anxiety Assessments
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Neurocognitive Disorder Due To Multiple Etiologies
  • Neurocognitive Disorder Due To Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Sports Related Concussion Testing
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Therapy
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neurocognitive Disorder Due To Multiple Etiologies
  • Neurocognitive Disorder Due To Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Stress Management Issues
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
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Procedures I perform

  • Coping With Chronic Illness
  • Depression And Anxiety Assessments
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Somatic Psychology
  • Sports Related Concussion Testing
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Therapy
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Practice locations

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102 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-291-7324

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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
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO


Other Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology, -

Residency Program: DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (2006)

Internship Program: Eastern Virginia Medical School (1999)

Graduate Education: Marshall University School of Medicine (1991)

News and publications


Wolfe, PL & Lehockey, K.A. (2016). Neuropsychological assessment of driving capacity.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31, 517-529.

Sweet, J.J., Finnen, E., Wolfe, P.L., Beaumont, J.L., Hahn, E., Marymount, J., Sandborn, T. & Rosengart, T.K. (2008). Absence of cognitive decline one year after coronary bypass surgery: Comparison to nonsurgical and healthy controls. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 85, 1571-1578.

Rosengart, T. K., Sweet, J., Finnen, E., Wolfe, P., Cashy, J., Hahn, E., Marymount, J., Sanborn, T. (2005). Neurocognitive function in patients undergoing coronary bybass graft surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention: Evidence of impairment before interventions compared with normal controls. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 80, 1327-1335.

Sweet, J., Wolfe, P., Sattleburger, E., Numan, B., Rosenfeld, J. P., Clingerman, S., & Nies, K. (2000). Further investigation of traumatic brain injury versus insufficient effort with the California Verbal Learning Test. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 15, 105-113.

Amerikaner, M. J., Monks, G., Wolfe, P. L. & Thomas, S. (1994). Family interaction and individual psychological health. Journal of Counseling and Development, 72, 614-620.

Wolfe, P. L., Millis, S.R., Hanks, R., Fichtenberg, N., Larrabee, G.J. & Sweet, J. J. (2010). Effort indicators within the California Verbal Learning Test-II (CVLT-II). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 153-168.


Kauffman, S., Wolfe, P. & Yochelson, M. (2010). Education and vocation. In M. R. Yochelson & Wolfe, P. L. (Eds.), Managing brain injury: A guide to living well with brain injury. Washington, DC: NRH Press.

Yochelson, M. R. &. Wolfe, P. L. (Eds.). (2010). Managing brain injury: A guide to living well with brain injury. Washington, DC: NRH Press.

Wolfe, P. L. & Clark, J. (2011). Assessment of driving capacity. In G. J. Demakis (Ed.), Legal issues in the civil competency evaluation. New York: Oxford University Press

Wolfe, P. L., Shah, N. & Zimmerman-Thomas, L. (2010). Brain injury and sexuality. In M. R. Yochelson & P. L. Wolfe (Eds.), Managing brain injury: A guide to living well with brain injury. Washington, DC: NRH Press.