Elizabeth W. Twamley

Elizabeth W. Twamley


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology

Current Position(s): 

  • Research Health Scientist, VA San Diego Healthcare System

  • Director, Clinical Research Unit, Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, VA San Diego Healthcare System

  • Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego

Personal Statement: 

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 (clinical neuropsychology track); a faculty member of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA) at UCSD; Co-Director of the UCSD Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health; and the Director of the Clinical Research Unit of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Dr. Twamley's research focuses on bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with severe mental illness, history of traumatic brain injury, or other cognitive impairments. Current intervention studies focus on compensatory cognitive training (see www.cogsmart.com). Other research interests include cognitive impairment and disability in homeless individuals, the neuropsychology of everyday functioning, cognitive impairment in PTSD, and the use of technology to improve cognition. Dr. Twamley’s research has been funded by NIMH, VA, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD).

Professional History:

  • 2003 – 2009  Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD

  • 2008 – present  Research Health Scientist, Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH), VASDHS

  • 2009 – 2015  Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD

  • 2015 – present  Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD

  • 2017 – present Director, Clinical Research Unit, CESAMH, VASDHS


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University


  • 6/91   Phi Beta Kappa

  • 7/01   Participant, National Institute of Mental Health Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry

  • 10/02   International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology Travel Award

  • 1/03   UCSD Academic Geriatric Resource Center Travel Award

  • 1/03   National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Travel Award

  • 10/03   National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Research Partners Program

  • 6/05   American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Young Investigator Memorial Travel Award

  • 6/11   VA/UCSD Psychology Internship Teaching Excellence Award

  • 6/16   VA/UCSD Psychology Internship Teaching Excellence Award

  • 3/18   Recovery Innovations International Jeffrey Christopher Memorial Award

  • 5/19   UCSD Department of Psychiatry Teacher Spotlight

  • 6/19   Connie Lieber Science to Practice Award, Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry


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