Catherine R. Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP 

Assistant Professor

 

Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Village Dr., 116B
San Diego, California 92161
T: (858) 552-8585 ext. 2976
F: (858) 220-4041
cayers@ucsd.edu

Biography

Catherine R. Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP is the Division Director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) La Jolla Mental Health Outpatient Clinics, Assistant Professor in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, and faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research is focused on treatment outcomes for geriatric hoarding disorder and the neuropsychiatric characterization of hoarding disorder in late life. Her research on psychotherapy for geriatric hoarding disorder has been funded by the International OCD Foundation (PI). She received a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs entitled “Treatment of Late Life Hoarding” (PI). Dr. Ayers has 5 active research investigations at the VA and UCSD and has recently received a CSR&D grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs entitled “Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure Therapy for Veterans with Hoarding Disorder.”

Research Interests

Dr. Ayers investigates treatment outcome for anxiety disorders, particularly geriatric hoarding. Additionally, she is interested in the neuropsychiatric characterization of late life hoarding. Her research on psychotherapy for hoarding has been funded by the International OCD Foundation (PI). She recently received a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs entitled “Treatment of Late Life Hoarding” (PI). Dr. Ayers has 6 active investigations at the VA and UCSD.

Dr. Ayers is licensed by the state of California with clinical privileges at the VASDHS. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her area of clinical specialization is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding. Dr. Ayers is the Program Director of the VASDHS Anxiety Disorders Clinic where she oversees the clinic and supervises residents, practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. As Co-Director of the Evidence Based Psychotherapy Fellowship, she provides mentorship fellows. Additionally, Dr. Ayers serves as a guest lecturer in the UCSD OCD Clinic.

Publications

  • Ayers, C.R. , Saxena, S., Golshan, S., & Wetherell, J. L, (2010). Age at onset and clinical features of late life compulsive hoarding. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25, 142-149.
  • Ayers, C.R., Wetherell, J.W., Golshan, S., & Saxena, S. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for geriatric compulsive hoarding. Behavior Research and Therapy, 49, 689-694.
  • Ayers, C.R., Wetherell, J.W., Schiehser, D.M., Almklov, E., & Saxena, S. (2013). Executive Functioning in Older Adults with Hoarding Disorder. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28, 1175-81.
  • Ayers, C.R., Saxena, S., Espejo, E., Twamley, E., Granholm, E., & Wetherell, J.L. (2014). Novel treatment for geriatric Hoarding Disorder: An open trial of cognitive rehabilitation paired with behavior therapy. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22, 248–252.
  • Ayers, C.R., Najmi, S., Mayes, T., & Dozier, M.E. (2014). Hoarding Disorder in older adulthood. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2014.05.009