Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP-CN

Assistant Professor

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Director of Neuropsychology Training

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Staff

The Emory Clinic

Staff Neuropsychologist

Atlanta VA Medical Center


  • BA, Emory University, 1994
  • MA, Georgia State University, 2001
  • PhD, Georgia State University, 2005
  • Neuropsychology Internship, Yale University, 2005
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 2007



  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Georgia Psychology Association


  • Dr. Anthony Y. Stringer Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
  • UAB Postdoctoral Research Day- 2nd Place, 2007
  • UAB Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award, 2007
  • UAB Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award, 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1998
  • Emory University Honors Program, Magna Cum Laude, 1997-98
  • Mortar Board, 1997-98
  • Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society, 1996-98


Dr. Penna is interested in clinically-relevant research on individuals with traumatic brain injury. She is interested in both outcome research in moderate to severe brain injury, as well as the clinical profile of mild traumatic brain injury. Recent research interests are in military service members and veterans with a history of concussion due to blast injury.


Penna, S., Novack, T, Carlson, N., Grote, M., Corrigan, J, Hart, T. (2010). Place of residence following traumatic brain injury; A longitudinal investigation. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25(1)52-60.

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

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.

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.

Riso, L.P., Froman, S.E., Raouf, M, Gable, P., Maddux R., Turini-Santorelli, N., Penna, S., Blandino J.A., Jacobs, C., Cherry, M. (2006). The long-term stability of early maladaptive schemas. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 30 (4), 515-529.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

Manuscripts Submitted

  • Penna, S, Hampstead, B. Patel, B. A Comparison of Patients with the “Vascular Triad” Versus Amenstic Mild Cognitive Impairment on  Measures of Cognitive Functioning, In revision, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.
  • Ikanga J., McCartney R, Penna, S. Diagnostic Evolution of Posterior Cortical Atrophy; A Case Series. Submitted for publication, The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
  • Stern, S, Morris, R, Penna, S. Psychometric Properties of the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination, submitted for publication, The Clinical Neuropsychologist.

Review Articles

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

Book Chapters

  • 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. 

Book Reviews