Dr. Philip R. Appel, PhD

Dr. Philip R. Appel, PhD

Dr. Philip R. Appel, PhD

Languages: English
Fax: (301) 215-4470

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  • Psychology
Conditions I Treat
  • dementia
  • executive function disorder
  • neurocognitive disorder due to multiple etiologies
  • neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury
  • parkinson's disease (pd)
Procedures I Perform
  • depression and anxiety assessments
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • pain management
  • sports related concussion testing
  • stroke rehabilitation
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About the Provider

Philip Appel, PhD, Director Emeritus of Psychological and Neuropsychological Services, now Senior Resource Clinician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine has been with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network since 1987, working with individuals who experience persistent pain that interferes with their performance and obtaining quality of life. Dr. Appel works to help individuals adjust to the life challenges that are brought on by disability and chronic illness or injury. He teaches a variety of mental practice techniques to enhance performance through learning mentally the movement patterns needed to execute a complex motor pattern. Self-hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation, and meditative techniques are all used to provide the individual with a greater awareness of self and ability to regulate performance and influence desired outcome.

Dr. Appel obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his M.S. at Boston University, and his PhD from the United States International University in 1983. He completed his clinical internship at Walter Reed  Army Medical Center. He also completed his Post-Doctoral Training Institute in Hypnosis at Maryland Psychological Association Foundation in 1987.

Dr. Appel has written extensively about the use of hypnosis in enhancing performance in rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a past president of that organization, is listed in the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology, he has a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Appel specializes in pain management, adjustment to illness, injury and disability, behavioral medicine, consultations, performance enhancement, and executive health coaching.

  • Internship Program: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (1983)
  • Graduate Education: United States International University (1983)
  • Graduate Education: Boston University (1976)
Appel, P.R.  Rehabilitation: Amelioration of Suffering and Adjustment to Disability In Elkins, G (Ed.) Clinician’s Guide to Medical and  Psychological Hypnosis: Foundations, Systems, Applications and Professional  Issues.NY: Spring Publishing (2017)

Borenstein DG, Appel PR, Signorino J.: Pain of Rheumatological Disease. In Hayek SM, Shah BJ, Desai MJ, Chelimsky TC, (Eds.) Pain Medicine: an interdisciplinary case-based approach.. NY: Oxford University Press; pp.89-109. (2015)

Appel, P.R. Psychosynthesis: A Transpersonal Model for Hypnotically-    Mediated Psychotherapy American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 56, No. 3: pp. 249–268 (2014)

Appel, P.R., & Bleiberg, J Pain reduction is related to hypnotizability  but not to relaxation or to reduction in suffering: A preliminary investigation. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis  Vol. 48, No.s-2-3: pp. 153-161 (2006)  

Appel, P. R.: Clinical Hypnosis. In S. Wainapel, & A. Fast (Eds.) Alternative Medicine and Rehabilitation: A guide for practitioners. NY: Demos (2003)
Appel, P.R.: Clinical Hypnosis. In E. Leskowitz (Ed.) Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rehabilitation. St. Louis: Harcourt Health Sciences pp.97-108    (2003)

Appel, P.R., Bleiberg, J. & Noiseux, J. Self-Regulation Training for Chronic Pain: Can It Be Done Effectively by Telemedicine? Telemedicine Journal Vol. 8, No.4 pp. 361-368 (2002)

Appel, P.R. & Bleiberg J.: Evaluation and Treatment of Anxiety in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. In D.I. Mostofsky & D. H. Barlow (Eds.) The Management of Stress and Anxiety in Medical Disorders.  Needham Heights: Simon & Schuster (2000)

Appel, P.R. Hypnosis and Suggestion in Physical Medicine and     Rehabilitation. In W. Matthews & J. Edgette (Eds.)  Current Thinking & Research in Brief Therapy: Solutions, Strategies, Narratives.  Vol. III.  New York: Brunner Mazel (1999)
Appel, P.R. A Hypnotically Mediated Guided Imagery Intervention for Intrusive Imagery: Creating Ground for Figure. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol. 41, No.4  pp. 327-335 (1999)

Appel, P.R. Performance Enhancement in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol. 35, No.1 pp.11-19 (1992)

Appel, P.R. Clinical Applications Of Hypnosis In The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Setting: Three Case Reports. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol.33, No.2 pp. 85-93 (1990)

Appel, P.R. The Use of Clinical Hypnosis in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.Psychiatric Medicine, Vol. 10, No.1 pp.133-148 (1992)    
Practice Locations
  • 5454 Wisconsin Avenue
    MedStar Spine Center @ Chevy Chase
    Suite 1100
    Bethesda, MD 20815
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    Phone: 202-877-1120

  • 102 Irving Street Northwest
    Regional Rehabilitation Network
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-1649
    Fax: 202-291-5366

  • 18109 Prince Philip Drive
    Suite 155
    Olney, MD 20832
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    Phone: 301-570-3813
    Fax: 301-570-8031

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Distinguished Contribution Award
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 2005
  • Leadership Award
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 2002
  • Presidential Award        
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 1998
  • Presidential Award
  • American Society of Clinical hypnosis 1997
  • Manager of the Quarter            , 
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital 1997
  • Irving J. Secter Award for Services to the American Society of
  • Clinical Hypnosis and the Advancement of Hypnosis 1996
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  • Crasilneck Award For the Best First Paper on Clinical Hypnosis in the Past Year.  Presented by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for article on Clinical  Applications Of Hypnosis In The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Setting published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol.33, No.2 85-93 1992
  • Army Commendation Medal 4th Oak Leaf Cluster. 
  • USA MEDCEN, Walter Reed Army Medical Center 1992
  • Army Commendation Medal 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster.  
  • USA MEDDAC, Ft. Meade.  1987
  • Army Commendation Medal 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster. 
  • USA MEDDAC, Bad Canstatt. 1985
  • US Army Health Professions Scholarship program in Psychology
  • 1980-1983
  • Army Commendation Medal 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.  
  • USA MEDDAC Ft. Leonard Wood. 1980
  • Army Commendation Medal.  
  • USA MEDDAC, Ft. Ord. 1979