Clinical Faculty

Nauf Latef Azad, DO, MSc

Dr. Azad is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with particular clinical interests in infant and early childhood mental health, perinatal mental health, trauma, transitional age youth, eating disorders, school-based mental health, and collaborative care. She enjoys working with families in a collaborative 2-generation clinic based in the Appletree Schools providing care and support for underserved families. She also provides care for children of all ages in the Georgetown outpatient clinic for the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Azad joined the Department of Psychiatry at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in 2014, first as an adult psychiatry resident, then as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow, and most recently as an attending physician. Dr. Azad completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and South Asian Studies at Wellesley College and then pursued a Master of Science in Global Health at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland prior to obtaining a medical degree at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-NY.


William Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Cohen joined the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2016. He provides clinical care on the inpatient psychiatric unit and in the outpatient clinic for the Department of Psychiatry. He teaches and provides clinical supervision for Georgetown medical students, psychiatry residents, and child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Cohen completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown University. He completed a psychiatry internship and residency in The Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and he earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. Prior to medical school he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and then worked in Utah as a wilderness therapy field instructor for adolescents. Particular areas of clinical and research interest include mood and anxiety disorders, emergency and disaster psychiatry, and adolescents and emerging adult aged populations.


Shana Simkin, LCMFT

Shana Simkin, LCMFT, joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2019 as a clinical therapist. Trained in Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Shana incorporates mindfulness techniques into her practice with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She takes a strengths-based perspective and helps families consider their challenges within the context of their relationships. Shana received a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. Her clinical and research interests include mood and anxiety disorders, relationship challenges, and issues related to emerging adulthood. 


Aditi Vijay, Ed. M, Ph.D.

Dr. Vijay joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2016 as a clinical psychologist within the LAUNCH program for Emerging Adults.She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, her Master’s in Education, in Risk and Prevention, at Harvard University, and her doctorate in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland Consortium. Her clinical specialties include psychological issues related to emerging adulthood, the treatment of trauma, sexual victimization, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her research focuses on factors in clinical supervision, process and outcome research in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, implementation of effective DBT programs in outpatient and residential settings, and the role of emotion regulation in psychopathology.