Kayla K. Thayer, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and School Psychology at NSU's College of Psychology and is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Thayer also serves as Director of NSU's Anxiety Treatment Center. She completed internship at the Boston VA where she provided mental health services for inpatient psychiatry, residential and outpatient alcohol and substance use treatment, and the PTSD clinic. Dr. Thayer was a postdoctoral resident at the Miami VA Medical Center where she provides psychological services to a diverse population of Veterans with psychiatric conditions and medical comorbidities. She has extensive experience in the treatment of mood, anxiety, psychosis, personality, and alcohol and substance use disorders. She is particularly interested in the treatment of OCD, panic, and PTSD.
Dr. Thayer has dedicated her research and clinical work to improving mental health outcomes and course of illness in individuals with severe psychopathology. Her research has focused on identifying and subsequently targeting patient risk and protective factors in culturally-informed, evidence-based treatments. Additionally, as a bilingual (English, Spanish) clinician and researcher, Dr. Thayer is committed to continuing to research and provide evidence-based treatments to underserved populations.