Dr. Jesse J. Payne

Founder, Brain25

Director of Education, Amen Clinics

Associate Professor of Education, Corban University

Director of Undergraduate Education, Corban University

Dr. Payne has dedicated his career to teaching, teacher preparation, and educating others about the developing brain.


He has a bachelor of arts degree in business and a master of arts degree in education from Vanguard University of Southern California.  He received his doctorate degree in education from the University of Southern California (USC). 


Dr. Payne has worked within the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and education for over 15 years in the following capacities: 3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, non-directive play therapy administrator, after-school program coordinator, summer camp director, high school teacher, university professor, student teacher supervisor, curriculum writer, program developer, and clinical historian. He has been licensed to teach in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. 



Dr. Payne has worked with Dr. Amen and the Amen Clinics since 2003, developing curriculum and programs related to the developing brain. His latest book, Making a Good Brain Great: Course (2nd Edition) was published and released in September 2015 and is already being used by thousands of students all over the world.


Dr. Payne was recently voted to receive the 2016 Young Alumnus Award through Vanguard University of Southern California for his contributions to education. He also received the 2009 Researcher of the Year Award through Vanguard University of Southern California for his work on studying the effectiveness of practical brain science on high school students and their prosocial behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 



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Media Appearances

September 8th, 2014

Dr. Payne Interviewed with AM Northwest Portland

Dr. Payne interviewed with the popular morning show, AM Northwest, on Portland's own KATU Channel 2. He talks about some of the inspiration behind his work and its impact on teenagers and young adults all over the nation.

August 4th, 2014

Join Dr. Payne on Reddit for AMA

Dr. Payne will answer all questions related to his new book, going back to school, and the developing brain on Monday, August 4th, 2014 from 11am-1pm Pacific Time at www.reddit.com. Join in on this discussion to learn about the brain and how it relates to high school, college, relationships, and more!

August 7th, 2014

Dr. Payne Interviewed with Psychology Today

Dr. Payne interviewed with Psychology Today to talk about the inspiration, research, and hopes behind Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25). 

April 23, 2013

Dr. Payne interviewed by ABC News about Teen Violence and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Dr. Payne was interviewed on abcnews.com to discuss the role of the developing brain and how it might push young people to violence. In the article, Payne discusses the role of the brain and how it relates to human behavior, relationships, violence, and much more.