A photo of Kara Ayers.

Associate Director, UCEDD, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation

Clinical Interests

Parenting with disabilities; youth with disabilities/chronic illness and transitions into adulthood

Research Interests

Co-founder of Disabled Parenting Project, research initiative studying the experiences of parents with disabilities

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


PhD: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2011.

MS: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2007.

BS: Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 2003.


Selected Publication

No body is expendable: Medical rationing and disability justice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrews, EE; Ayers, KB; Brown, KS; Dunn, DS; Pilarski, CR. American Psychologist. 2021; 76:451-461.

Experiences of Breastfeeding among Disabled Women. Andrews, EE; Powell, RM; Ayers, KB. Women's Health Issues. 2021; 31:82-89.

Raising awareness of disabled lives and health care rationing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lund, EM; Ayers, KB. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2020; 12:S210-S211.

Fostering disability advocates: A framework for training future leaders through interprofessional education. Weber, S; Smith, J; Ayers, K; Gerhardt, J. Psychological Services. 2020.

COVID-19 vaccine prioritisation for people with disabilities. Epstein, S; Ayers, K; Swenor, BK. The Lancet Public Health. 2021; 6.

Adapting Participatory Action Research to Include Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Ahlers, KP; Ayers, KB; Iadarola, S; Hughes, RB; Lee, HS; Williamson, HJ. 2021; 1:22-31.