Gazi F. Azad
Gazi F. Azad

Gazi F. Azad, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Mental Health (Primary)

Contact Information

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21211

P:  443-923-7580


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 research interests are in promoting 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). 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 increase use of the same EBPs across settings. The goal of Partners in School is to align parent and teacher practices, by duplicating intervention elements from school to home. 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 honors

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

Research Interests

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


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.