Carolyn B. Allard, Ph.D. 

Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Program Director, Military Sexual Trauma Clinic, VA San Diego Healthcare System


Contact Information

8810 Rio San Diego Drive (116A4Z)
San Diego, CA 92108
T: (619) 400-5189
F: (619) 400-5154


Carolyn Allard, PhD, received her BA (Hons.) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSD/VA San Diego. Dr. Allard is the Program Director of Military Sexual Trauma Clinic at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She serves as clinical supervisor for the UCSD/VA clinical psychology interns and the UCSD/SDSU joint doctoral program practicum students, and as research mentor to UCSD and SDSU undergraduate and graduate students.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Allard is primarily interested in the impact of interpersonal trauma, and the interplay of victim-perpetrator relationship, guilt, gender, and cultural issues in the development of posttraumatic distress and treatment outcomes. She is currently developing and evaluating psychotherapy treatments for guilt and PTSD and investigating the risk of posttraumatic distress and functioning difficulties, and predictors of treatment outcomes for individuals experiencing military sexual trauma. In addition, Dr. Allard is involved in an investigation of the neurobiological correlates of intimate partner violence, and outcome studies of PTSD treatments administered via teleconferencing technologies and concurrent treatments for depression and substance use disorders in veterans with trauma histories.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Allard is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in assessments and empirically supported psychotherapies for PTSD and comorbid disorders (e.g., anxiety, mood and personality disorders). She is particularly interested in treating individuals experiencing distress related to interpersonal trauma and in developing new technologies to enhance psychotherapy outcomes for this population. She is a national consultant as part of the VA dissemination of Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, and is a VA trained Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) provider. She provides supervision and consultation to trainees and licensed clinicians in these treatments.


  • Strigo, I. A., Simmons, A. N., Matthews, S. C., Grimes, E. M., Allard, C. B., Reinhardt, L. E., Paulus, M. P., & Stein, M. B. (2010). Neural correlates of altered pain response in women with posttraumatic stress disorder from partner violence. Biological Psychiatry, 60, 402-409.
  • Rodgers, C. S., Allard, C. B., & Wansley, P. (2009). Post-traumatic stress disorder and quality of life in women. In Preedy, V. & R. R. Watson (Eds.). Handbook of Disease Burdens and Quality of Life Measures. New York:Springer Verlag.
  • Twamley, E.W., Allard, C.B., Thorp, S.R., Norman, S.B., Cissell, S.H., Berardi, K.H., Grimes, E.M., & Stein, M.B. (2009). Cognitive impairment and functioning in PTSD related to intimate partner violence. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 879-87.
  • Allard, C. B. (2009). Prevalence and sequelae of betrayal trauma in a Japanese student sample. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 1, 65-77.
  • Freyd, J. J., Klest, B., & Allard, C. B. (2005). Betrayal trauma: Relationship to physical health, psychological distress, and a written disclosure intervention. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 6, 83-104.