Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry In Residence
University of California, San Diego
140 Arbor Drive (0851)
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 497-6684
Fax: (619) 497-6686
Dr. Twamley earned a BA in Social Ecology at UC Irvine and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in 2003. She is a faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology; a faculty member of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA) at UCSD; Associate Director of the Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health; Associate Director for Training in the Advanced Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research (ACISIR) of the UCSD Division of Geriatric Psychiatry; and Co-Chief of the Neuropsychology Unit of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH), VA San Diego Healthcare System.
Dr. Twamley's research focuses on bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with severe mental illness or traumatic brain injury. Current intervention studies focus on supported employment and compensatory cognitive training. Other research interests include the neuropsychology of everyday functioning, genetic markers of cognition in schizophrenia, and cognitive impairment in PTSD. Dr. Twamley’s current research is funded by NIMH, the Department of Defense, and NARSAD.
Dr. Twamley is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and supported employment. She is the Director of the UCSD Supported Employment Program at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services. Dr. Twamley is particularly interested in community-based interventions that help individuals with severe mental illness or other cognitive impairments reach their highest potential social and occupational functioning. She supervises psychology interns and practicum students at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She also conducts a neuropsychological assessment clinic at the St. Vincent De Paul Medical Clinic.
Twamley, E.W., Doshi, R.R., Nayak, G.V., Palmer, B.W., Golshan, S., Heaton, R.K., Patterson, T.L., & Jeste, D.V. (2002). Generalized cognitive impairments, ability to perform everyday tasks, and level of independence in community living situations of older patients with psychosis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 2013-2020.
Twamley, E.W., Jeste, D.V., & Lehman, A.F. (2003). Vocational rehabilitation in schizophrenia: A literature review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191, 515-523.
McGurk, S.R., Twamley, E.W., Sitzer, D.I., McHugo, G.J., & Mueser, K.T. (2007). A meta-analysis of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 1791-802.
Twamley, E.W., Woods, S.P., Zurhellen, C.H., Vertinski, M., Narvaez, J.M., Mausbach, B.T., Patterson, T.L., & Jeste, D.V. (2008). Neuropsychological substrates and everyday functioning implications of prospective memoryimpairment in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 106, 42-49.
Twamley, E.W., Narvaez, J.M., Becker, D.R., Bartels, S.J., & Jeste, D.V. (2008). Supported employment for middle-aged and older people with schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 11, 76-89.