About The Author

Dr. Twamley earned a PhD 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. She is also Director of the Clinical Research Unit of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) at the VASDHS.

Dr. Twamley's research focuses on bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with cognitive impairments. Pursuing a longstanding interest in the links between cognition and everyday functioning, she has developed compensatory cognitive training interventions for people with psychiatric illness, traumatic brain injury, and mild cognitive impairment, and these manuals have been adapted for other populations (e.g., autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV, and hoarding). Dr. Twamley’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA, the Department of Defense, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

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.

Academic Profile


Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
email: etwamley@ucsd.edu