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Kayla K. Gurak Thayer, Ph.D.

Kayla Thayer
Assistant Professor
Full-Time Faculty, Department of Clinical and School Psychology
(954) 262-5880 kg119@nova.edu
Office: Maltz 1117

Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • M.S. University of Miami
  • B.S. University of Florida
  • B.A. University of Florida

Professional Interests

Kayla Gurak Thayer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and School Psychology at NSU's College of Psychology. 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. 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.

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.

Thayer has published 11 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 3 book chapters. She has also given 23 presentations at national or international conferences. Thayer’s most recent publication, "Does religiosity predict attrition from a culturally-informed family treatment for schizophrenia that targets religious coping?" was published in JCCP. She has been the recipient of several honors and awards for her research including being named as an Ironson Distinguished Speaker and a Distinguished Fellow for the Center for Latin American Studies.

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