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

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.

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. 2020.

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

Parenting with a Disability: Experiences of Disabled Women. Andrews, E; Ayers, KB. In: Miles-Cohen SE; Signore C, Ed. Eliminating Inequities for Women with Disabilities: An Agenda for Health and Wellness. Washington DC: S.E. Miles-Cohen and C. Signore; 2016.