Psychiatrist

Dr. Layan Zhang, M.D.


Dr. Layan Zhang, M.D.  is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with more than 15 years of experience. Her practice focuses on diagnosing, consulting, and treating children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and mental health challenges. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, ODD, PTSD, behavioral issues and psychotic disorders.  She utilizes a combination of psychoeducation and medication management, and other evidence-based treatment approaches.

In addition to providing Psychiatric Services at Columbia Counseling Center, Dr. Zhang currently works part time as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville Maryland. In addition, Dr. Zhang provides psychiatric consultation at Sheppard Pratt Hospital inpatient services.

Dr. Zhang completed her four-year adult psychiatry residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington D.C. Department of Behavioral Health where she served as a chief resident. Subsequently, she has completed a two-year Fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s National Health System, George Washington University in Washington DC.

Dr. Zhang received her Medical Degree from Shanxi Medical University in 2003 and earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xiangya Medical School of Central South University in China in 2006. She also worked as a research assistant in the Psychiatry Department of University of Michigan. Dr. Zhang has published peer reviewed articles in major psychiatric and neuroscience journals, on the topics of depression screening in the primary care setting, working memory in older adults and seasonality research on Amish people. She is a member of American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Zhang is fluent in English and Chinese. Her awareness of the differences in language and culture makes her accessible to patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds.