Erin Ayala

Erin Ayala

Doctor of Psychology Program - Core Faculty

Brother Louis Hall, BLH248    |    Campus Box: # 28

Dr. Ayala is a core faculty member in the PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology and a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota.  Scholarly interests include prevention and health promotion, stress, and self-care for students and early career professionals.  She is active in research and professional service and currently serves as the Communications Officer for the Society of Counseling Psychology Prevention Section.

Dr. Ayala enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, gardening, and traveling.  She recently started beekeeping, and enjoys canning and preserving homemade treats with the honey each fall.  She is an avid cyclist and endurance athlete who bikes year round, and she races competitively for a cycling team based in Minneapolis.

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Dr. Ayala has authored several peer reviewed publications and remains active in empirical research, conference presentations, and scholarly collaborations in the field.  Her research interests include prevention and health promotion, stress, self-care, multiculturalism and diversity (particularly gender and sexuality), and professional development of students and early career professionals.  

    She is an Associate Editor for Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, and serves as a reviewer for a number of other journals, including Prevention Science, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  

    Her clinical interests include community mental health, college counseling, and interdisciplinary work in medical centers.  Dr. Ayala has previously worked as a crisis counselor for survivors of sexual violence and trauma.  She has also volunteered as a mentor in a couch-to-5k program for survivors of domestic violence.

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's
    • Psychometrics
    • Quantitative Research and Statistical Analysis
    • Dissertation Proposal
  • Professional Organizations
    • American Psychological Association
    • Association for Women in Psychology
    • Minnesota Psychological Association
    • Society of Counseling Psychology
    • Society for the Psychology of Women
    • Society for Health Psychology
  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University at Albany
    • B.A. in Psychology, St. Catherine University
  • Experience

    Dr. Ayala is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota.  Her postdoctoral work at Albany Medical College focused on medical student stress, well-being, and self-care. She continues to do research and community outreach pertaining to occupational stress and wellbeing for medical students, doctoral students in psychology, and other early career professionals.

    Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Dr. Ayala taught undergraduate and graduate students at University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she received the 2016–17 Outstanding Faculty Award and 4 "faculty favorite" awards from athletic teams on campus.  She has also taught at University at Albany, Siena College, and Albany Medical College.

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