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Dr. Kara Ayers

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Contact Kara: kara.ayers at cchmc.org

Kara Ayers, PhD, is the Associate Director and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD). She obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed her internship at Wright State University. Her dissertation research focused on the psychosocial development of children and adolescents with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Dr. Ayers is also a professor, a social media manager, and an active advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She has worked extensively on issues related to parenting with a disability and the encouragement of self-advocacy to shape disability policy. Dr. Ayers is a proud person with a disability. She has Osteogenesis Imperfecta and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Kara cites her children as her greatest teachers.

You can find Kara on Twitter @DrKaraAyers (personal) and @UCUCEDD (professional)


Kara at Disabled Parenting

Pediatrics, November 2016: Re: Menstrual Management for Adolescents with Disabilities

Cincinnati.com, July 2015: Opinion: American Dream not complete yet

Kara is available as a source, and for personal essays, opinion editorial, and newsroom consulting to improve coverage of underrepresented communities

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent)

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