Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2781
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Jennifer Shepard Payne, Ph.D., LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with many years of experience in mental health clinical practice and administration. She is the principal investigator of the Urban Pastor’s Project and the Clergy Depressive Counseling Survey, two studies that obtained data from pastors about their beliefs and treatment practices surrounding depression and mental health. Her research interests include developing culturally tailored, community-based depression and trauma interventions and addressing minority mental health disparities. Payne is also an ordained evangelist with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), and the director of the Psychological and Social Resource Ministry under the umbrella of the Central California Diocese of PAW. She is also a trainer and consultant on mental illness issues through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Training Academy. For more information, visit


  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MSW, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Social Work

Courses Taught

  • SOCW 524 – Practice II: Intervention and Evaluation
  • SOCW 536 – Advanced Clinical Practice I: Adult Mental Health
  • SOCW 541 – Capstone Leadership Project

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