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Gonzalo Laje, MD

Director, Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates

Dr. Gonzalo Laje


Physician Specialized in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology and Brain Stimulation


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry (Adult)

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child & Adolescent


Faculty Appointments & Awards

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University

  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

  • National Institutes of Health Bench-to-Bedside Award

  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Sanofi-Aventis Travel Award

  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence – Awarded by the National Institutes of Health Fellows Committee, the Scientific Directors, the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education

  • American Psychiatric Association / AstraZeneca Minority Fellowship Award

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Pfizer Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award

  • International Medical Graduate Mentorship Program in Psychiatry - American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Eli Lilly Outstanding General Psychiatry Resident Award

  • American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education – APA – Research Colloquium Award American Psychiatric Association – New York District Branch – Resident Research Award 1st place

  • American Psychiatric Association – Janssen Research Scholar on Severe Mental Illness

  • NCDEU – National Institute of Mental Health - New Investigator Award


After completing his medical education at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Dr. Laje moved to the U.S. and worked at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Columbia University. He completed his training in general psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and his training in child and adolescent psychiatry through the combined program NIMH/Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in psychiatric genetics and became and Associate Clinical Investigator. His research has focused on pharmacogenetics, clinical trials and neuroimaging, as well as, pharmacological interventions to address behavioral and emotional difficulties in genetic disorders. Dr. Laje is author and co-author of peer-reviewed publications in major psychiatric and genetics journals. Dr. Laje earned a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University.


He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A former member of the American Society of Human Genetics and the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. He is a former Board member of the Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS), the Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR), the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Madison House Autism Foundation, and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome (PRISMS). He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Child Psychiatry & Human Development. Dr. Laje is the founder of Washiington Behavioral Medicine Associates, LLC and co-founder of Autism Spectrum Partners.

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