About Dr. Payne

More About Me

I am an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University, in the Department of Graduate Social Work. I received my doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience in mental health clinical practice and administration. I am 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.  More information about the Urban Pastor's Study can be found at www.urbanpastorsproject.com.


I am also an Ordained Evangelist with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), ordained since 2002.  I am the Director of the Psychological and Social Resource Ministry under the umbrella of the Central California Diocese of the Pentecostal Assemblies

of the World, Inc.


I am a certified and vendorized trainer and consultant on mental illness issues through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clergy Training Academy. 

Training Specialties


Understanding Depression

Personality Disorders

Trauma, Grief and Loss

Child Abuse

Preventing Burnout

Domestic Violence

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Azusa, CA 91702-7000


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