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    Catherine Ayers

    TitleAssociate Professor Of Clinical
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #9116B
    CA La Jolla 92093
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      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.


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      1. Dozier ME, Ayers C. The Etiology of Hoarding Disorder: A Review. Psychopathology. 2017 Aug 16. PMID: 28810245.
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      2. Ayers C. Age-Specific Prevalence of Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Population-Based Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Jan 04. PMID: 28189427.
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      3. Ung JE, Dozier ME, Bratiotis C, Ayers C. An Exploratory Investigation of Animal Hoarding Symptoms in a Sample of Adults Diagnosed With Hoarding Disorder. J Clin Psychol. 2016 Dec 06. PMID: 27922721.
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      4. Dozier ME, Wetherell JL, Twamley EW, Schiehser DM, Ayers C. The relationship between age and neurocognitive and daily functioning in adults with hoarding disorder. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Feb 14. PMID: 26876803.
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      5. Ayers C, Dozier ME, Wetherell JL, Twamley EW, Schiehser DM. Executive Functioning in Participants Over Age of 50 with Hoarding Disorder. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Oct 26. PMID: 26809603.
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      6. Campbell-Sills L, Espejo E, Ayers C, Roy-Byrne P, Stein MB. Latent dimensions of social anxiety disorder: A re-evaluation of the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN). J Anxiety Disord. 2015 Dec; 36:84-91. PMID: 26454660.
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      7. Espejo EP, Castriotta N, Bessonov D, Kawamura M, Werdowatz EA, Ayers C. A Pilot Study of Transdiagnostic Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in a Veteran Sample. Psychol Serv. 2015 Sep 7. PMID: 26349072.
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      8. Dozier ME, Porter B, Ayers C. Age of onset and progression of hoarding symptoms in older adults with hoarding disorder. Aging Ment Health. 2015 Apr 24; 1-7. PMID: 25909628.
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      9. Saxena S, Ayers C, Dozier ME, Maidment KM. The UCLA Hoarding Severity Scale: Development and validation. J Affect Disord. 2015 Apr 1; 175:488-93. PMID: 25681559.
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      10. Dozier ME, Ayers C. Validation of the clutter image rating in older adults with hoarding disorder. Int Psychogeriatr. 2015 May; 27(5):769-76. PMID: 25391419.
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      11. Najmi S, Amir N, Frosio KE, Ayers C. The effects of cognitive load on attention control in subclinical anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder. Cogn Emot. 2015 Nov; 29(7):1210-23. PMID: 25355423.
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      12. Ayers C, Dozier ME. Predictors of hoarding severity in older adults with hoarding disorder. Int Psychogeriatr. 2015 Jul; 27(7):1147-56. PMID: 25115688.
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      13. Ayers C, Riskind JH. 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. PMID: 24910292.
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      14. Ayers C, Najmi S, Mayes TL, Dozier ME. Hoarding disorder in older adulthood. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 23(4):416-22. PMID: 24953872.
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      15. Ayers C, Castriotta N, Dozier ME, Espejo EP, Porter B. Behavioral and experiential avoidance in patients with hoarding disorder. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2014 Sep; 45(3):408-14. PMID: 24828750.
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      16. Ayers C, Ly P, Howard I, Mayes T, Porter B, Iqbal Y. Hoarding severity predicts functional disability in late-life hoarding disorder patients. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Jul; 29(7):741-6. PMID: 24343998.
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      17. Letamendi AM, Ayers C, Ruberg JL, Singley DB, Wilson J, Chavira D, Palinkas L, Wetherell JL. Illness conceptualizations among older rural Mexican-Americans with anxiety and depression. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2013 Dec; 28(4):421-33. PMID: 24077906.
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      18. Ayers C, Iqbal Y, Strickland K. Medical conditions in geriatric hoarding disorder patients. Aging Ment Health. 2014 Mar; 18(2):148-51. PMID: 23863040.
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      19. Ayers C, Saxena S, Espejo E, Twamley EW, Granholm E, Wetherell JL. 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. PMID: 23831173.
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      20. Arch JJ, Ayers C. 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. PMID: 23747582.
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      21. Ayers C, Wetherell JL, Schiehser D, Almklov E, Golshan S, Saxena S. Executive functioning in older adults with hoarding disorder. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 28(11):1175-81. PMID: 23440720.
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      22. Arch JJ, Ayers C, Baker A, Almklov E, Dean DJ, Craske MG. 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. PMID: 23419887.
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      23. Schuitevoerder S, Rosen JW, Twamley EW, Ayers C, Sones H, Lohr JB, Goetter EM, Fonzo GA, Holloway KJ, Thorp SR. A meta-analysis of cognitive functioning in older adults with PTSD. J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Aug; 27(6):550-8. PMID: 23422492.
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      24. Ayers C, Arch J. VA-Academic Partnerships: Challenges and Rewards for New VA Mental Health Investigators. Community Ment Health J. 2013 Dec; 49(6):709-13. PMID: 23292305.
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      25. Schiehser DM, Ayers C, Liu L, Lessig S, Song DS, Filoteo JV. Validation of the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2013 Mar; 19(3):335-8. PMID: 23246138.
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      26. Ayers C, Bratiotis C, Saxena S, Wetherell JL. 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. PMID: 22548463.
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      27. Ayers C, Wetherell JL, Golshan S, Saxena S. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for geriatric compulsive hoarding. Behav Res Ther. 2011 Oct; 49(10):689-94. PMID: 21784412.
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      28. Wetherell JL, Afari N, Ayers C, Stoddard JA, Ruberg J, Sorrell JT, Liu L, Petkus AJ, Thorp SR, Kraft A, Patterson TL. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in older adults: a preliminary report. Behav Ther. 2011 Mar; 42(1):127-34. PMID: 21292059.
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      29. Saxena S, Ayers C, Maidment KM, Vapnik T, Wetherell JL, Bystritsky A. Quality of life and functional impairment in compulsive hoarding. J Psychiatr Res. 2011 Apr; 45(4):475-80. PMID: 20822778.
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      30. Wetherell JL, Ayers C, Nuevo R, Stein MB, Ramsdell J, Patterson TL. 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. PMID: 20635235.
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      31. Ayers C, Saxena S, Golshan S, Wetherell JL. Age at onset and clinical features of late life compulsive hoarding. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Feb; 25(2):142-9. PMID: 19548272.
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      32. Wetherell JL, Ayers C, Sorrell JT, Thorp SR, Nuevo R, Belding W, Gray E, Stanley MA, Areán PA, Donohue M, Unützer J, Ramsdell J, Xu R, Patterson TL. Modular psychotherapy for anxiety in older primary care patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Jun; 17(6):483-92. PMID: 19461257.
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      33. Thorp SR, Ayers C, Nuevo R, Stoddard JA, Sorrell JT, Wetherell JL. Meta-analysis comparing different behavioral treatments for late-life anxiety. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Feb; 17(2):105-15. PMID: 19155744.
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      34. Ayers C, Sorrell JT, Thorp SR, Wetherell JL. Evidence-based psychological treatments for late-life anxiety. Psychol Aging. 2007 Mar; 22(1):8-17. PMID: 17385978.
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      35. Jones SN, Ayers C. 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. PMID: 16766158.
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