Education: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Neurological, Communicative Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Ph.D., Communication Sciences, Howard University, M.A., Speech Pathology, The Ohio State University, B.A, Speech Correction, Howard University.
Courses Taught: Neurogenic Language Disorders, Neurogenic Speech Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seminar in Aging, Seminar in Neural Mechanisms, Seminar in Neuromotor Disorders.
Professional Experience: Current Communication Sciences & Disorders Interim Chair, ASHA Fellow, CSD Faculty with over 40 years of instruction at Howard. She has recently authored two books: Supporting Family Caregivers of Adults with Communication Disorders, A Resource Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (2014) and Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders: Assessment and Treatment. Any Ethnobiological Approach 2nd Edition (2015). She is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in neurogenic language disorders from an ethnobiological perspective and has been a visiting professor at the Universidade Tuíuti do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, and at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Research Interests: Dr. Payne’s research interests are stroke, closed head injury, aphasia, dementia, neurogenic language disorders, cultural differences, health communication and health disparities.