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140 Arbor Drive MC0851
San Diego, CA 92103


Dr. Twamley earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University and completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). She joined the faculty of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in 2003, where she does research, teaching, and clinical work. In addition to her role as Director of the Clinical Research Unit of CESAMH, Dr. Twamley is a faculty member in the San Diego State University (SDSU) / UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology; a faculty member of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA) at UCSD; and Co-Director of the NIMH T32 Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health.

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Twamley’s research focuses on bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with psychiatric illness, history of traumatic brain injury, or other cognitive impairments. Her current intervention studies focus on compensatory cognitive training (see and supported employment. Dr. Twamley’s other research interests include cognitive impairment and disability in homeless individuals, the neuropsychology of everyday functioning, genetic markers of cognition, cognitive impairment in PTSD, and the use of technology to improve cognition. Dr. Twamley’s research has been funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), VA, Department of Defense, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD).

Dr. Twamley is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and supported employment. She is particularly interested in community- based interventions that help people reach their highest potential social and occupational functioning. She supervises postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students at UCSD and VASDHS. She also conducts a neuropsychological assessment clinic at the Village Family Health Center.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications