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. Her research interests include developing culturally tailored community-based depression and trauma interventions, and addressing minority mental health disparities. For several years, Payne has been working on culturally tailoring Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for African American communities, clinically and via research. She has a private practice, DTG Counseling and Consulting, where she provides ACT counseling and coaching primarily to African Americans of faith suffering from anxiety or trauma. Payne has engaged in ongoing research on the application of the social determinants of health to ACT for traumatized African Americans. She is the co-coordinator for the executive committee of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Special Interest Group within the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. For more information, visit her website.


  • 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