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Kara B. Ayers, PhD

  • Associate Director, UCEDD, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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

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

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


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


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

Research Areas

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics



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; 17:120-127.

Feasibility of the Eat and Exercise to Win Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Nabors, L; Glubzinski, A; Sanyaolu, O; Ayers, K; Kelcey, B; Bandini, L. 2023; 1-14.

Chasing a runaway train: disability policy grapples with accelerated prenatal genetic technologies. Ayers, KB; Schneider, MC. Research Handbook on Disability Policy. : Edward Elgar Publishing; Edward Elgar Publishing; 2023.

Advocacy: The seventh foundational principle and core competency of rehabilitation psychology. Andrews, EE; Pilarski, CR; Ayers, K; Dunn, DS. Rehabilitation Psychology. 2023; 68:103-111.

Recommendations to improve the patient experience and avoid bias when prenatal screening/testing. Meredith, S; Brackett, S; Diaz, KM; Freeman, KG; Huggins, E; Khan, H; Leach, MW; Levitz, M; Michie, M; Onufer, J; et al. Disability and Health Journal. 2023; 16:101401.

Evaluation of the Eat and Exercise to Win Program: Improving Healthy Behaviors of Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Nabors, L; Sanyaolu, O; Adabla, S; Ghussin, D; Ayers, K. 2023; 7:107-122.

Rethinking systemic ableism: A response to Zagouras, Ellick, and Aulisio. Andrews, EE; Ayers, KB; Stramondo, JA; Powell, RM. Clinical Ethics. 2023; 18:7-12.

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By Kara Ayers, PhD1/25/2022