Dr. Pamela B. Payne earned her PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the Norton School in 2010. She was an Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies at Weber State University from 2012 to 2018 and is now an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada Reno.
Dr. Payne’s dedication to her profession began as a student. As a graduate student, Dr. Payne volunteered to work with Quality Matters Rubric™ (QM), meeting the highest standards for evaluation, assessment, student focus, and learning in online environments. She was part of the initial grant that designed and delivered the FSHD program to UA Yuma students.
Dr. Payne’s research includes several projects: one project involves Nevada youth in gardening through schools and adjudication programs; a second project educates survivors and families who have experienced domestic violence on healthy relationships, aiming to break the intergenerational cycle of violence; a third project explores emerging adult identity and belief systems, building on her dissertation, which explored the ways in which newlywed’s co-created identity through beliefs.
Dr. Payne conducts research with community-based populations, using this research to help communities improve the lives of their members. She was the evaluator of short-term relationship education events held by Utah State Extension. Since 2019, Dr. Payne has been a member of the Children, Youth and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center Coaching Team, assisting grant recipients in developing, implementing, and evaluating community programs.
Dr. Payne’s commitment to making her community, classroom, and world a better place is evident in all she does. As a single mother to nine-year-old Addison, a breast cancer survivor and activist, and as previous board member of VetOps6, she exemplifies the values and goals of the Norton School. Her research and outreach endeavors alone make her worthy of this award, but she is also a model of perseverance in the face of obstacles and her encouragement and support of others facing similar health concerns is a testament to who she is as an individual and as a professional.