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Gazi F. Azad, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21211


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PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2013
BA, University of California, Los Angeles , 2006


I am a clinical psychologist with education and training in school psychology. I concentrate on school-based mental health services research and implementation science. My program of research aims to improve access and continuity of services for underserved children with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. I am interested in improving service delivery within and across systems of care. I target communication and collaboration between stakeholders to ensure consistent implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) across contexts and ultimately, meaningful changes in child outcomes. My research has led to the development of Partners in School, an implementation strategy to ensure that parents and teachers are aligned in their use of EBPs across home and school. I am expanding this approach to examine system-level supports for school administrators and mental health staff. Additional interests include applying the Partners in School model to improve the transition from early intervention to the school system for children with ASD.

Honors and Awards

Maryland State Department of Education, IDEA State Discretionary Grant, Johns Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute

Urban Health Institute, Faculty-Community Award, Johns Hopkins University & Kennedy Krieger Institute

Wendy Klag Center, Faculty Development Award, Johns Hopkins University & Kennedy Krieger Institute

NIMH National Research Service Award, University of Pennsylvania

McMorrris Autism Early Intervention Initiative Pilot Study Award, University of Pennsylvania

Autism Science Foundation Research Enhancement Award, University of Pennsylvania

Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Fellowship Award, University of Pennsylvania

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. Fellowship Award, University of California, Riverside

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Family-School Partnerships
  • Parent-Teacher Communication
  • School-Based Mental Health Services
  • Implementation Science
  • Care Coordination

Selected publications

  • Azad, G.F., Sing, V., Kalb, L., Pinkett-Davis, M., & Landa, R. (in press). Child and family characteristics that predict autism spectrum disorder specialty clinic appointment attendance and alignment with providers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Azad, G.F., Gormley, S., Marcus, S., & Mandell, D.S. (2018). Parent-teacher problem solving about concerns in children with autism spectrum disorder: The role of income and race. Psychology in the Schools. [electronic version available before print]
  • Azad, G.F., Wolk, C.B., Mandell, D.S. (2018). Ideal interactions: Perspectives of parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorder. School Community Journal, 28(2), 63-84.
  • Azad, G.F., Marcus, S., Sheridan, S., & Mandell, D.S. (2018). Partners in School: An innovative parent-teacher consultation model for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation. [electronic version available before print]
  • Azad, G.F., Kim, M., Marcus, S., Sheridan, S., & Mandell, D.S. (2016). Parent-teacher communication about children with autism spectrum disorder: An examination of collaborative problem-solving. Psychology in the Schools, 53(10), 1071-1084.
  • Partners in School