Lynsay Ayer

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Behavioral & Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, University of Vermont; B.A. in psychology, Cornell University


Lynsay Ayer is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research is focused on prevention and treatment of violence, trauma, and their negative mental health consequences such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her current studies include an investigation of the role of male caregivers with child welfare-involved families; the development and testing of an online stress and trauma curriculum for teens; a national evaluation of interventions for children exposed to violence; and a New York City-based evaluation of the impact, implementation, and cost of a mental health intervention delivered by social service organizations to low-income populations. Ayer received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She completed her clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Veterans Affairs Consortium.

Recent Projects

  • Fathers, Child Mental Health, and Maltreatment in the Child Welfare System
  • National Evaluation of the Safe Start Initiative
  • Evaluation of the NYC Connections to Care Initiative
  • Sex/Gender Differences in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Development and Testing of Life Improvement for Teens (LIFT) Online Curriculum for Stress and Trauma