Lynsay Ayer

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Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
Off Site 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 primary research interests are in the areas of trauma/violence and mental health. For example, many of her research projects have focused on understanding, preventing, and treating the negative mental health consequences of trauma, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is particularly interested in identifying ways to improve trauma and mental health services for vulnerable and underserved 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.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Suicide Prevention Program Consultant, National Institute of Mental Health

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
  • Development and Testing of Life Improvement for Teens (LIFT) Online Curriculum for Stress and Trauma