Dr. Penny Leigh Wolfe, PhD

Dr. Penny Leigh Wolfe, PhD

Dr. Penny Leigh Wolfe, PhD

Languages: English
Fax: (202) 291-5366

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  • Psychology
Conditions I Treat
  • alzheimer's disease
  • anxiety
  • dementia
  • depression
  • dual diagnosis
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Procedures I Perform
  • coping with chronic illness
  • depression and anxiety assessments
  • disability evaluation
  • mental health
  • mindfulness based cognitive therapy
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About the Provider

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.

  • Residency Program: DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (2006)
  • Internship Program: Eastern Virginia Medical School (1999)
  • Graduate Education: Marshall University School of Medicine (1991)


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.

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