Catherine Ayers

Title(s)Professor Of Clinical, Psychiatry
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    Cornell University, Ithaca, NYBS05/2000Human Development
    George Mason University, Fairfax, VAMA05/2002Clinical Psychology
    George Mason University, Fairfax, VAPhD05/2005Clinical Psychology

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    Catherine Ayers, Ph.D., ABPP is a Section Chief at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Professor in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, and faculty member in the San Diego State University (SDSU)/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She is the Chair of the San Diego County Older Adult Council. Her research is focused on the characterization, treatment development, and community intervention implementation for older adults with hoarding disorder. She has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on late life hoarding. Her research has been funded by the International OCD Foundation, County of San Diego, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Recently, her research has focused on delivery of personalized treatments, digital delivery, loneliness, and functional interventions for hoarding.

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    1. The Relationship Between Loneliness and Positive Affect in Older Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2022 06; 30(6):678-685. Davidson EJ, Taylor CT, Ayers CR, Quach NE, Tu XM, Lee EE. PMID: 34887211; PMCID: PMC9095765.
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    2. The Association Between Sleep and Late Life Hoarding. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2021 12; 93(4):931-942. Dozier ME, Speed KJ, Davidson EJ, Bolstad CJ, Nadorff MR, Ayers CR. PMID: 33242247.
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    3. Object attachment as we grow older. Curr Opin Psychol. 2021 06; 39:105-108. Dozier ME, Ayers CR. PMID: 32971323; PMCID: PMC7445186.
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    4. Personality traits in adults with hoarding disorder. J Affect Disord. 2020 11 01; 276:191-196. Dozier ME, Davidson EJ, Pittman JOE, Ayers CR. PMID: 32697698.
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    5. Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure/Sorting Therapy for Late-Life Hoarding: Effects on Neuropsychological Performance. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2020 06 02; 75(6):1193-1198. Ayers CR, Davidson EJ, Dozier ME, Twamley EW. PMID: 31246258.
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    6. The Association between Age and Experienced Emotions in Hoarding Disorder. Clin Gerontol. 2021 Oct-Dec; 44(5):562-566. Dozier ME, Wetherell JL, Amir N, Weersing VR, Taylor CT, Ayers CR. PMID: 32175823; PMCID: PMC7492365.
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    7. Implementation and evaluation of a community-based treatment for late-life hoarding. Int Psychogeriatr. 2021 09; 33(9):977-986. Pittman JOE, Davidson EJ, Dozier ME, Blanco BH, Baer KA, Twamley EW, Mayes TL, Sommerfeld DH, Lagare T, Ayers CR. PMID: 32131916; PMCID: PMC7483985.
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    8. Efficacy and safety of pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation in anxiety disorders: Subgroup analysis of the randomized, active- and placebo-controlled EAGLES trial. Depress Anxiety. 2020 03; 37(3):247-260. Ayers CR, Heffner JL, Russ C, Lawrence D, McRae T, Evins AE, Anthenelli RM. PMID: 31850603; PMCID: PMC7064930.
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    9. Recent Advances in Research on Hoarding. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 08 13; 21(9):91. Davidson EJ, Dozier ME, Pittman JOE, Mayes TL, Blanco BH, Gault JD, Schwarz LJ, Ayers CR. PMID: 31410591; PMCID: PMC7294597.
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    10. Safety and efficacy of first-line smoking cessation pharmacotherapies in bipolar disorders: Subgroup analysis of a randomized clinical trial. J Affect Disord. 2019 09 01; 256:267-277. Heffner JL, Evins AE, Russ C, Lawrence D, Ayers CR, McRae T, Aubin LS, Krishen A, West R, Anthenelli RM. PMID: 31195244; PMCID: PMC8936081.
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    11. Saving inventory - Revised: Psychometric performance across the lifespan. J Affect Disord. 2019 06 01; 252:358-364. Kellman-McFarlane K, Stewart B, Woody S, Ayers C, Dozier M, Frost RO, Grisham J, Isemann S, Steketee G, Tolin DF, Welsted A. PMID: 30999092; PMCID: PMC7294600.
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    12. Intolerance of uncertainty in hoarding disorder. J Obsessive Compuls Relat Disord. 2019 Apr; 21:97-101. Castriotta N, Dozier ME, Taylor CT, Mayes T, Ayers CR. PMID: 32670782; PMCID: PMC7362959.
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    13. A description of 17 animal hoarding case files from animal control and a humane society. Psychiatry Res. 2019 02; 272:365-368. Dozier ME, Bratiotis C, Broadnax D, Le J, Ayers CR. PMID: 30599440; PMCID: PMC7299063.
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    14. Predictors of treatment outcome and attrition in adults with hoarding disorder. J Obsessive Compuls Relat Disord. 2018 Aug 09; 23. Ayers CR, Pittman JOE, Davidson EJ, Dozier ME, Mayes TL, Almklov E. PMID: 32670783; PMCID: PMC7362989.
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    15. Comparing clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes between Veterans and non-Veterans with hoarding disorder. Compr Psychiatry. 2018 10; 86:1-5. Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Pittman JOE, Mayes TL, Twamley EW. PMID: 30041076; PMCID: PMC7293764.
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    16. Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure/Sorting Therapy (CREST) for Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Mar/Apr; 79(2). Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Twamley EW, Saxena S, Granholm E, Mayes TL, Wetherell JL. PMID: 28541646; PMCID: PMC7295125.
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    17. Group Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure/Sorting Therapy: A Pilot Program. Cognit Ther Res. 2017 Nov 11; 42:315-327. Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Taylor CT, Mayes TL, Pittman JOE, Twamley EW. PMID: 32669748; PMCID: PMC7362990.
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    18. The Etiology of Hoarding Disorder: A Review. Psychopathology. 2017; 50(5):291-296. Dozier ME, Ayers CR. PMID: 28810245; PMCID: PMC7294599.
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    19. A Preliminary Investigation of the Measurement of Object Interconnectedness in Hoarding Disorder. Cognit Ther Res. 2017 Mar 22; 41:799-805. Dozier ME, Taylor CT, Castriotta N, Mayes TL, Ayers CR. PMID: 32669747; PMCID: PMC7362991.
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    20. Age-Specific Prevalence of Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Population-Based Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Mar; 25(3):256-257. Ayers CR. PMID: 28189427.
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    21. An Exploratory Investigation of Animal Hoarding Symptoms in a Sample of Adults Diagnosed With Hoarding Disorder. J Clin Psychol. 2017 Sep; 73(9):1114-1125. Ung JE, Dozier ME, Bratiotis C, Ayers CR. PMID: 27922721; PMCID: PMC5612661.
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    22. Psychometric Evaluation of the Saving Inventory-Revised in Older Adults. Clin Gerontol. 2017 May-Jun; 40(3):191-196. Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Mayes TL. PMID: 28452663; PMCID: PMC5612620.
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    23. The relationship between age and neurocognitive and daily functioning in adults with hoarding disorder. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 12; 31(12):1329-1336. Dozier ME, Wetherell JL, Twamley EW, Schiehser DM, Ayers CR. PMID: 26876803; PMCID: PMC5612662.
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    24. Executive Functioning in Participants Over Age of 50 with Hoarding Disorder. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 05; 24(5):342-9. Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Wetherell JL, Twamley EW, Schiehser DM. PMID: 26809603; PMCID: PMC5612623.
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    25. Latent dimensions of social anxiety disorder: A re-evaluation of the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN). J Anxiety Disord. 2015 Dec; 36:84-91. Campbell-Sills L, Espejo E, Ayers CR, Roy-Byrne P, Stein MB. PMID: 26454660; PMCID: PMC4658241.
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    26. A pilot study of transdiagnostic group cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in a veteran sample. Psychol Serv. 2016 05; 13(2):162-9. Espejo EP, Castriotta N, Bessonov D, Kawamura M, Werdowatz EA, Ayers CR. PMID: 26349072.
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    27. Treatment Recruitment and Retention of Geriatric Participants With Hoarding Disorder. Clin Gerontol. 2015; 38(4):235-250. Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Mayes TL, Espejo EP, Wilson A, Iqbal Y, Strickland K. PMID: 29386745; PMCID: PMC5788454.
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    28. Age of onset and progression of hoarding symptoms in older adults with hoarding disorder. Aging Ment Health. 2016 07; 20(7):736-42. Dozier ME, Porter B, Ayers CR. PMID: 25909628; PMCID: PMC5612663.
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    29. The UCLA Hoarding Severity Scale: development and validation. J Affect Disord. 2015 Apr 01; 175:488-93. Saxena S, Ayers CR, Dozier ME, Maidment KM. PMID: 25681559; PMCID: PMC4352402.
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    30. Validation of the Clutter Image Rating in older adults with hoarding disorder. Int Psychogeriatr. 2015 May; 27(5):769-76. Dozier ME, Ayers CR. PMID: 25391419; PMCID: PMC5612622.
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    31. The effects of cognitive load on attention control in subclinical anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder. Cogn Emot. 2015; 29(7):1210-23. Najmi S, Amir N, Frosio KE, Ayers C. PMID: 25355423; PMCID: PMC4416103.
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    32. Predictors of hoarding severity in older adults with hoarding disorder. Int Psychogeriatr. 2015 Jul; 27(7):1147-56. Ayers CR, Dozier ME. PMID: 25115688; PMCID: PMC5612621.
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    33. The predictive value of different reasons for saving and acquiring on hoarding disorder symptoms. J Obsessive Compuls Relat Disord. 2014 Jul; 3(3):220-227. Dozier ME, Ayers CR. PMID: 32670784; PMCID: PMC7362992.
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    34. Testing the psychometric properties of the Cognitions Checklist, a measure to differentiate anxiety and depression among older adults. Geriatr Nurs. 2014 Sep-Oct; 35(5):370-3. Ayers CR, Riskind JH. PMID: 24910292.
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    35. Hoarding disorder in older adulthood. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 23(4):416-422. Ayers CR, Najmi S, Mayes TL, Dozier ME. PMID: 24953872; PMCID: PMC7295124.
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    36. Behavioral and experiential avoidance in patients with hoarding disorder. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2014 Sep; 45(3):408-14. Ayers CR, Castriotta N, Dozier ME, Espejo EP, Porter B. PMID: 24828750; PMCID: PMC7293765.
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    37. Hoarding severity predicts functional disability in late-life hoarding disorder patients. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Jul; 29(7):741-6. Ayers CR, Ly P, Howard I, Mayes T, Porter B, Iqbal Y. PMID: 24343998; PMCID: PMC4048645.
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    38. Illness conceptualizations among older rural Mexican-Americans with anxiety and depression. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2013 Dec; 28(4):421-33. Letamendi AM, Ayers CR, Ruberg JL, Singley DB, Wilson J, Chavira D, Palinkas L, Wetherell JL. PMID: 24077906; PMCID: PMC3948319.
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    39. Medical conditions in geriatric hoarding disorder patients. Aging Ment Health. 2014 Mar; 18(2):148-51. Ayers CR, Iqbal Y, Strickland K. PMID: 23863040; PMCID: PMC5612660.
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    40. Novel treatment for geriatric hoarding disorder: an open trial of cognitive rehabilitation paired with behavior therapy. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Mar; 22(3):248-52. Ayers CR, Saxena S, Espejo E, Twamley EW, Granholm E, Wetherell JL. PMID: 23831173; PMCID: PMC4095978.
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    41. Which treatment worked better for whom? Moderators of group cognitive behavioral therapy versus adapted mindfulness based stress reduction for anxiety disorders. Behav Res Ther. 2013 Aug; 51(8):434-42. Arch JJ, Ayers CR. PMID: 23747582.
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    42. Executive functioning in older adults with hoarding disorder. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 28(11):1175-81. Ayers CR, Wetherell JL, Schiehser D, Almklov E, Golshan S, Saxena S. PMID: 23440720; PMCID: PMC4037916.
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    43. Randomized clinical trial of adapted mindfulness-based stress reduction versus group cognitive behavioral therapy for heterogeneous anxiety disorders. Behav Res Ther. 2013 May; 51(4-5):185-96. Arch JJ, Ayers CR, Baker A, Almklov E, Dean DJ, Craske MG. PMID: 23419887.
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    44. A meta-analysis of cognitive functioning in older adults with PTSD. J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Aug; 27(6):550-8. Schuitevoerder S, Rosen JW, Twamley EW, Ayers CR, Sones H, Lohr JB, Goetter EM, Fonzo GA, Holloway KJ, Thorp SR. PMID: 23422492.
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    45. VA-academic partnerships: challenges and rewards for new VA mental health investigators. Community Ment Health J. 2013 Dec; 49(6):709-13. Ayers C, Arch J. PMID: 23292305.
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    46. Validation of the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2013 Mar; 19(3):335-8. Schiehser DM, Ayers CR, Liu L, Lessig S, Song DS, Filoteo JV. PMID: 23246138.
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    47. Therapist and patient perspectives on cognitive-behavioral therapy for older adults with hoarding disorder: a collective case study. Aging Ment Health. 2012; 16(7):915-21. Ayers CR, Bratiotis C, Saxena S, Wetherell JL. PMID: 22548463; PMCID: PMC4048715.
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    48. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for geriatric compulsive hoarding. Behav Res Ther. 2011 Oct; 49(10):689-94. Ayers CR, Wetherell JL, Golshan S, Saxena S. PMID: 21784412; PMCID: PMC4048717.
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    49. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in older adults: a preliminary report. Behav Ther. 2011 Mar; 42(1):127-34. Wetherell JL, Afari N, Ayers CR, Stoddard JA, Ruberg J, Sorrell JT, Liu L, Petkus AJ, Thorp SR, Kraft A, Patterson TL. PMID: 21292059; PMCID: PMC3496779.
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    50. Quality of life and functional impairment in compulsive hoarding. J Psychiatr Res. 2011 Apr; 45(4):475-80. Saxena S, Ayers CR, Maidment KM, Vapnik T, Wetherell JL, Bystritsky A. PMID: 20822778; PMCID: PMC3009837.
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    51. Medical conditions and depressive, anxiety, and somatic symptoms in older adults with and without generalized anxiety disorder. Aging Ment Health. 2010 Aug; 14(6):764-8. Wetherell JL, Ayers CR, Nuevo R, Stein MB, Ramsdell J, Patterson TL. PMID: 20635235; PMCID: PMC4066633.
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    52. Age at onset and clinical features of late life compulsive hoarding. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Feb; 25(2):142-9. Ayers CR, Saxena S, Golshan S, Wetherell JL. PMID: 19548272; PMCID: PMC4083761.
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    53. Modular psychotherapy for anxiety in older primary care patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Jun; 17(6):483-92. Wetherell JL, Ayers CR, Sorrell JT, Thorp SR, Nuevo R, Belding W, Gray E, Stanley MA, Areán PA, Donohue M, Unützer J, Ramsdell J, Xu R, Patterson TL. PMID: 19461257; PMCID: PMC2686119.
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    54. Meta-analysis comparing different behavioral treatments for late-life anxiety. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Feb; 17(2):105-15. Thorp SR, Ayers CR, Nuevo R, Stoddard JA, Sorrell JT, Wetherell JL. PMID: 19155744; PMCID: PMC2794407.
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    55. Evidence-based psychological treatments for late-life anxiety. Psychol Aging. 2007 Mar; 22(1):8-17. Ayers CR, Sorrell JT, Thorp SR, Wetherell JL. PMID: 17385978.
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    56. Psychometric properties and factor structure of an expanded CERAD neuropsychological battery in an elderly VA sample. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2006 May; 21(4):359-65. Jones SN, Ayers CR. PMID: 16766158.
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