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Gazi F. Azad, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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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 a background in school psychology concentrating on school-based mental health services. My research interests are in family-school partnerships for underserved children with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. A major emphasis of my work is to enhance the continuity of care received by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in underserved communities. I target communication and collaboration between stakeholders in order to ensure consistent implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) across contexts and ultimately, meaningful changes in child outcomes. My research has led to an innovative consultation model, entitled Partners in School, to improve parent-teacher communication surrounding the use of EBPs for school-aged children with ASD. 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

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

Selected publications

  • Azad, G.F., Marcus, S., Sheridan, S., & Mandell, D.S. (in press). Partners in School: An innovative parent-teacher consultation model for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation.
  • Azad, G.F., Wolk, C.B., Mandell, D.S. (in press). Ideal interactions: Perspectives of parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorder. School Community Journal.
  • Azad, G.F., Reisinger, E., Xie, M., & Mandell, D.S. (2016). Parent and teacher concordance on the social responsiveness scale for children with autism. School Mental Health, 8(3), 368-376.
  • 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.
  • Azad, G.F. & Mandell, D.S. (2016). Concerns of parents and teachers of children with autism in elementary school. Autism, 20(4), 435-441.
  • Partners in School