Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University in the Department of Social Work. She received her doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Affairs and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience in mental health clinical practice and administration. Her research interests include developing culturally tailored community-based depression and trauma interventions and addressing minority mental health disparities. 



B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Psychology

MSW, California State University, Long Beach - School of Social Work

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Social Welfare

M.S., Azusa Pacific University - Research in Psychology and Data Analysis Program (in process)

  • SAMHSA-funded Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Doctoral Fellow in Mental Health Leadership

  • Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Empirical Scholar, Program in Applied Multi-Ethnic Research, University of Michigan

  • National Center for Institutional Diversity, Emerging Diversity Scholar

  • Robert Woods Johnson Foundation New Connections Leadership Program awardee

  • National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar

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