Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP-CN

Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP-CN

Assistant Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Email: (University)
Office:   (404) 712-5667


Dr. Suzanne Penna is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology in the  Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Prior to coming to Emory, she worked first at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and then at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from 2008-2014. Dr. Penna joined the faculty at Emory full-time in 2014, and has been teaching in the DPT program since 2012. She teaches both the Interpersonal Communications course, as well as Explorations of Human Behavior. She is currently the training director for the neuropsychology fellowship, as well as the neuropsychology practicum; and was awarded the Dr. Anthony Y. Stringer Award for Excellence in Teaching in  2015. Her clinical specialty is the assessment of cognitive and emotional functioning with individuals with acquired brain injury and other neurological disorders. Research interests include cognitive and emotional functioning in chronic medical illnesses, and rehabilitation of brain injury. Her current areas of research are in the clinical profile of mild traumatic brain injury across populations, including sports concussion and veteran populations.


1994   BA Emory University, Atlanta GA
2001   MA, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA
2005   Ph.D. Georgia State University, Atlanta GA


Musselman, Marzec, U, Manatunga, A., Penna, S, Reemsnyder, A., Knight, B.T. Baron, A., Hanson, S.R., Nemeroff, C.B. Platelet reactivity in depressed patients treated with paroxetine: Preliminary findings. Archives of General Psychiatry, 57(9):875-82. 2000.

Musselman, D.L Miller, A.H., Manatunga, A., Gao, F., Penna, S., Pearce, B.D., Landry, J., Glover, S., McDaniel, J.S., Nemeroff, and C.B. Higher than normal plasma interleukin-6 concentrations in cancer patients with depression: Preliminary findings. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158(8): 1252-7. 2001.

Musselman, D.L, Lawson, D.H., Gumnick, J.F., Manatunga, A., Penna, S.,Goodkin. R, S., Nemeroff, C.B., Miller, AH. Paroxetine for the prevention of depression induced by high dose interferon alfa. New England Journal of Medicine, 344(13): 961-6. 2001.

Lilienfeld, S.O., Penna, S. Relations of anxiety sensitivity to psychopathy, DSM IV personality disorders and personality traits. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 15(5); 367-93. 2001.

Riso, L.P., du Toit, P.L., Blandino, J.A., Penna, S., Dacey, S., Duin, J.S., Grant, M.M., & Ulmer, C.S. (2003). Cognitive aspects of Chronic Depression.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 72-80.

Penna, S. Novack, T, Parkinson, R.(2007) Further validation of the Orientation and Cognitive Logs relative to the Mini Mental Status Exam. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88(10):1360-1263

Musselman, D.L., Somerset, W.I., Guo, Y., Manatunga, A.K., Porter, M., Penna, S., Lewinson, B., Goodkin, R., Lawson, D., Evans, D.L., Nemeroff, C.B. (2008). A Double-Blind, Multicenter, Parallel Group Study of Paroxetine, Desipramine, or Placebo in Breast Cancer Patients (Stages I, II, III, & IV) with Major Depression. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67 (2): 288-96.

Schwarz, L., Penna, S, & Novack, T. (2009).  Factors Contributing to Performance on the Rey Osterrieth Complex Figure Test in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury.   The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Feb; 23(2):255-67

Novack, T, Sherer M, Penna, S: 2010. Neuropsychological Practice in Rehabilitation, Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology, Second Edition volume editors, Robert G. Frank, Mitchell Rosenthal, and Bruce Caplan.

Penna, S. (2013).A Review of Cognitive and Emotional Dysfunction in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine.29, 773-789.