Penelope Zeifert, PhD

Penelope Zeifert, PhD


Bio:   Dr. Zeifert is a Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. She is Chief of the Neuropsychology Service at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders at Stanford University Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. She completed pre-doctoral internships at Mt. Zion Hospital and McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute, St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and a second year as a post-doctoral scholar at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, based at SFGH.

Prior to coming to Stanford, she was Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, working first as an Attending Psychologist on the Neuropsychiatric Unit at SFGH and later at Laguna Honda Hospital. She has been on staff at Stanford since 1993, first in the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and later on the Behavioral Medicine units. She has been the Chief of the Neuropsychology Service since 1997. Active in professional affairs, Dr. Zeifert has served on the Boards of both local and national organizations, and as President of the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum. Dr. Zeifert is currently conducting research on aging and on moyamoya disease. Her other research interests include the cognitive consequences of encephalitis and HIV.

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Neuropsychology Clinic

Moyamoya Center

Neurodiagnostic Labs

Memory Disorders Center

Professional Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, English Literature, Social Sciences (1991)
  • Internship, McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute, St. Mary's Hospital, Clinical Psychology (1988)
  • Medical Education: CA School of Prof Psychology (1990) CA
  • Fellowship: San Francisco General Hospital (1991) CA

Administrative Appointments

  • Clinical Professor (Affiliated), Stanford School of Medicine (2014 - Present)