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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 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 (NIH/NIMH F32MH084424). She received the UCLA Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Research in 2010, has published her research in scholarly journals, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings and conferences. In 2013, Dr. Payne was awarded a Bridge Award from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (NIH/NCATS KL2TR000122) to support her research examining central pain mechanisms in adolescent girls and young adult women with primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain). In 2014, Dr. Payne was awarded a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to continue this area of research (NIH/NICHD K23HD077042). She also received a UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute Seed Grant to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for girls with moderate to severe menstrual pain. Dr. Payne is now continuing her work in menstrual pain with an additional research grant from NICHD (R01HD093680, PI: Payne) that aims to identify behavioral and neural phenotypes of adolescent girls with menstrual pain that may predict the development of chronic pain conditions.
UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program 10833 Le Conte Ave. 22-464 MDCC Los Angeles, CA 90095
“Does Your Period Have to be This Bad?” - Cosmopolitan "How the 'Period Paradox' Keeps Women Down" - Huffington Post MsMagazine, - The Establishment "'Period in a Petri Dish' Could Have a Big Impact on Reproductive Research" - sheknows.com “A Public Cervix Announcement” - Don't Ask, Do “Exploring the Psychosocial Factors of Menstrual Pain With Professor Payne of UCLA” - De Lune