Specialists and Resources

Please note: The providers and organizations listed below are not affiliated with or endorsed by The Neurology Center. They are listed here as a courtesy for patients, family members, and other interested individuals. If you have questions about their specific services, please contact the providers directly.

Psychotherapists in Maryland

Psychotherapists in Washington, DC/Northern Virginia

Psychiatrists in Maryland

Adult-Focused

  • Lauren Hodas, M.D., (301) 530-1127
  • Edwig Plotnick, M.D., (301) 588-4260
  • Frank Mascarillo, M.D., (301) 951-7220
  • Michael Diamond, M.D., (301) 657-4570
  • Dave Irwin, M.D., (301) 840-1077
  • Suzanne Griffin, M.D., (301) 986-1481
  • Molly Strauss, M.D., (301) 897-0099
  • Ijaz Khan, M.D., (301) 493-4200
  • Mahteme Selassie, M.D., (301) 656-9520

Geriatric-Focused

  • Venkatesh Handratta, M.D., (301) 598-1090
  • Allan Berger, M.D., (301) 589-1443
  • Steven Polakoff, M.D., (301) 718-0313

Psychiatrists in Washington, DC/Virginia

  • Mayada Akil, M.D., (202) 944-5398
  • Michael Silver, M.D., (202) 872-9310
  • Fred Jacobson, M.D., (202) 234-1742

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive Rehabilitation at National Rehabilitation Hospital: 202-877-1760

Sleep and Insomnia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Books

  • “Say Goodnight to Insomnia” by Gregg D. Jacobs
  • “The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep” (Harvard Medical School Guides, 2006” by Lawrence J. Epstein, M.D. and Steven Mardon
  • “The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need” (2009) by Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D.
  • “Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Pain” by Colleen Carney, Ph.D. and Rachel Manber, Ph.D.

Websites

Techniques for Improving Sleep Hygiene and Habits

  • Wear blue-light blocking computer glasses when using an electronic device with a screen (e.g., television, computer, cell phone, or tablet). Options by Uvex and other companies are available via many online retailers.
  • Turn off electronic devices with screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed. The light from these devices can be stimulating and make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • When you cannot fall asleep, get out of bed to read or engage in another calming activity (avoiding electronic devices). After 20-30 minutes, return to bed to try to fall asleep again.
  • Reduce overall caffeine consumption; limit or stop caffeine use by early afternoon (1:00-2:00 PM).
  • Try not to eat or drink too close to bedtime.
  • Use relaxing imagery and perform breathing exercises.
  • Develop a bedtime routine.
  • Avoid naps during the day.
  • Sleep in a relatively cool room.
  • Minimize heavy or strenuous exercise before bedtime.
  • Maintain consistency of sleep (e.g., as close to 7-8 hours per night, every night).

Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to people experiencing suicidal crises or emotional distress. The Lifeline is available via their website (which features a live chat function) and via the following toll-free phone numbers:

  • English: 1-800-273-8255
  • Spanish (Español): 1-888-628-9454
  • Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 1-800-799-4889 (TTY) or 1-800-273-8255 (Video Phone)

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, you can also call 911 or your local hospital.

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Executive Functioning Difficulties

Books

  • “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
  • “Driven to Distraction” by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
  • “Answers to Distraction” by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
  • “ADHD in Women” by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.
  • “Fast Minds” by Craig Sarman, Ph.D.
  • “The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success” by Peg Dawson, Ed.D. and Richard Guare, Ph.D.
  • “Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD – 2nd Edition” by Susan Pinsky
  • “Your Life Can Be Better: Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD” by Douglas Puryear, M.D.

Websites

Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Conditions

Books

  • “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
  • “Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
  • “Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-By-Step Program – 2nd Edition” by William J. Knaus, Ed.D. and Albert Ellis, Ph.D.
  • “The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program – 2nd Edition” by William J. Knaus, Ed.D. and Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Applications for Mobile Phones/Tablets

Memory (Normal Aging, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease)

Books

  • “The 36-Hour Day, 6th Edition: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life” by Nancy L. Mace, MA, and Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
  • “What If It’s Not Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia” by Gary and Lisa Radin
  • “A Parkinson’s Primer: An Indispensable Guide to Parkinson’s Disease for Patients and Their Families” by John M. Vine
  • “Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory” by Aaron Nelson, Ph.D. and Susan Gilbert
  • “Bouncing Back: Skills for Adaptation to Injury, Aging, Illness, and Pain” by Richard Wanlass
  • “Treating Memory Impairments – A Memory Book and Other Strategies” by Vicki S. Dohrmann
  • “Your Memory: How It Works and How To Improve It” by Kenneth Higbee
  • “The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play” by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

Websites

Resources for Caregivers

  • Family Caregiver Alliance
  • This Caring Home
  • David B. Sacks, PsyD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, 5480 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 229, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, (301) 906-8889, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Debra Levy Elder Care Associates, (301) 593-5285, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Centers and Day Programs in Washington, DC

  • Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center (Ward 1: Northwest DC), 202-727-0338
  • Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center (Ward 4: Northwest DC), 202-291-6170
  • Model Cities Senior Wellness Center (Ward 5: Northeast DC), 202-635-1900
  • Hayes Senior Wellness Center (Ward 6: Northeast DC), 202-727-0357
  • Washington Seniors Wellness Center (Ward 7: Southeast DC), 202-581-9355
  • Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center (Ward 8: Southeast DC), 202-563-7225
  • Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center, 202-347-7527
  • Iona Senior Services, 202-895-9448

Senior Centers and Day Programs in Maryland

  • Kensington Club, 301-255-4204
  • Holy Cross Hospital, 301-754-7150
  • Schweinhaut Senior Center at Forest Glen, 240-777-8085
  • Washington-McLaughlin Adult Day Care Center (Takoma Park), 301-613-7793
  • Kensington Park Senior Living Community, monthly gathering for caregivers, 301-946-7700