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, sport psychology, multiculturalism and diversity, 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 in psychology, health, and behavioral sciences.
Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's
Psychometrics, Quantitative Research and Statistical Analysis, Dissertation Proposal, Applied Sport Psychology, Cognitive Assessment, Advanced Psychopathology
American Psychological Association (Divisions 17, 35, 38, 47), Association for Women in Psychology, Minnesota Psychological Association, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University at Albany
B.A. in Psychology, St. Catherine University
Dr. Ayala taught at state universities, small liberal arts colleges, and academic medical centers in the eight years prior to joining the faculty at Saint Mary’s. 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. Dr. Ayala is also engaged in part-time clinical work with athletes in the community at Premier Sport Psychology in Edina, MN. While living in New York, she volunteered as a mentor in a couch-to-5k program for survivors of domestic violence.