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UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program 22-464 MDCC, 10833 Le Conte Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752
Laura Payne, PhD is an Assistant Adjunct Professor and clinical psychologist specializing in central mechanisms and psychological factors, such as depression, anxiety, and emotion regulation, related to chronic pain. Dr. Payne received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Boston University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program from 2007 to 2013. During that time, Dr. Payne was awarded an NIH National Research Service Award to explore the relationship of emotion regulation to chronic pain. She was awarded the UCLA Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Research in 2010, published her research in scholarly journals, and presented at numerous national meetings and conferences. In 2014, Dr. Payne was awarded a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to continue her work exploring central pain mechanisms in adolescent girls and young women with primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps). She also received a UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute Seed Grant to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a behavioral intervention for pain catastrophizing in girls with moderate to severe menstrual pain.