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Catherine R. Ayers


  • PhD.

  • ABPP

Current Position(s): 

  • Section Chief, Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, VASDHS

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD (Clinical-X)

  • Faculty Member, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Experimental Psychopathology Track)

Personal Statement: 

Catherine R. Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP is the Section Chief of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) La Jolla

Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, Associate 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 hoarding disorder and the neuropsychiatric characterization of hoarding

disorder in late life. Her current research project is funded by a CSR&D grant from the Department of Veterans

Affairs entitled “Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure Therapy for Veterans with Hoarding Disorder.”

Professional History:

  • Lead Psychologist, Faculty of Intern and Postdoctoral Training, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital Senior Intensive Outpatient
    Program / Older Adult Inpatient Unit (SIOP) 2007-2008

  • Program Director, Anxiety Disorders Clinic, VASDHS, 2008–2014

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


  • BS, Human Development, Cornell University (Concentration in Gerontology), 2000

  • MA, Clinical Psychology, George Mason University, 2002

  • Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited); VAMHCS; University of Maryland School of Medicine 2005

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, George Mason University, (APA-accredited) 2005

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geropsychology; VASDHS; Department of Psychiatry, UCSD, 2006-2007


  • Outstanding Service Award, Cornell University, 2000

  • Florence Halpern Award, Cornell University, 2000

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, George Mason University, 2002

  • Outstanding Advanced Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Award, George Mason University, 2003

  • Aging Special Interest Group Travel Award, annual meeting for the Association for the Advancement of Behavior
    Therapy, 2004, 2005

  • NIMH Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health Scholar, 2010

  • VA Service Award, 2010, 2012

  • NIMH Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health Scholar, 2013-2015

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