Gonzalo Laje, MD, MHSc, FAPA | Director
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.
Dr. Laje is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and he is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has been the recipient of multiple awards including: Washingtonian Magazine - Top Doctors 2012 and 2015, Bench-to-Bedside Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fellows Award for Research Excellence, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident; the AACAP Outstanding General Psychiatry Resident; the International Medical Graduate Mentorship Program in Psychiatry by the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT); the American Psychiatric Association - New York District Branch - Resident Research Award; the APA - Janssen Research Scholar on Severe Mental Illness and the NCDEU-NIMH New Investigator Award.
He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Society of Human Genetics and the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. He is a Board member of the Washington Psychaitric Society (WPS), the Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR), the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, the Scientific Advisory Boards of Madison House Autism Foundation, Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome (PRISMS) and the Editorial Board of the journal Child Psychiatry & Human Development. He is the co-founder of Autism Spectrum Partners and the Maryland Institute for Neuroscience and Development.
Falk W. Lohoff, MD | Director
Addiction Recovery Program
Dr. Falk Lohoff is a board certified psychiatrist with special interest in psychopharmacology and personalized medicine for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and addictions. He offers a wide range of treatment options ranging from supportive psychotherapy to medication management to complex multi-drug psychopharmacology and biomarker informed treatment. He is a certified buprenorphine prescriber and uses a variety of pharmacological interventions for the treatment of addictions and their comorbidities.
He received his medical degree from Humboldt University of Berlin Germany and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in neuropsychopharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and became Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Lohoff’s research focused on clinical trials for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders as well as research on the genetics of a variety of psychiatric disorders. He has published peer-reviewed articles in areas including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, addictions and pharmacogenetics.
Rene P. Laje, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C | Director
Seniors Program & Center for Caregivers
Dr. Rene P. Laje has a Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University and an M.A. in Gerontology from University of Northern Colorado. Prior to developing the Center for Caregivers, Dr. Laje worked as both the Director of Social Work and as a Research Associate at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (Charles E. Smith Life Communities) and the New York City's Department for the Aging with a focus on older adults and their caregivers. She has written and co-authored several presentations and articles on the needs of seniors and their caregivers. In addition, Dr. Laje worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University in the Smoking Cessation Clinic and wrote and co-authored articles on smoking cessation and relapse prevention. Dr. Laje also received training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.
Nancy Diazgranados, MD, MS | Director
Women's Wellness Program
Dr. Diazgranados received her Doctoral Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota Colombia in 2001. She completed her Psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and a Master in Science Degree in Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. In 2008 she became a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She continued her training as a Post-Doctoral Clinical-Research Fellow at the intramural program at NIMH; there she worked at the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. In 2010 she joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as a tenure track assistant professor within the Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders. In 2012 she relocated to Maryland and started a private practice. Dr. Diazgranados is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a recipient of multiple research awards. Dr. Diazgranados interests and expertise are women's mental health and wellness.
Yuanfen Zhang, MD, PhD | Director
Mandarin Treatment Program
Dr. Zhang completed her residency in psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington D.C. Department of Behavioral Health where she served as a Chief Resident. She specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center/The George Washington University. She also earned a PhD in neuroscience and cognitive science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Zhang has been an author and co-author of many peer-reviewed publications in major psychiatric and neuroscience journals.
Isidora Manalo | Office Manager
Isidora was born in the Philippines and has been living in Maryland since age 8. She has worked in medical office management since she was a student at Montgomery Blair High School. Isidora’s goal is to keep WBMA office running smoothly on a daily basis and most importantly to maintain a productive and efficient working environment. Working at WBMA gives her the chance to expand her knowledge and in the near future she will start school at Montgomery College. Outside of work, Isidora enjoys spending time with her family, including her two dogs and friends.