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Dr. Jesse J. Payne

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


He has a BA in Business and am MA 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, business, and education for over 25 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, school administrator, and clinical historian. He has been licensed to teach in the states of California, Washington, and Idaho.  He currently holds teaching and administrator license in Oregon.

Dr. Payne has worked with Dr. Amen and the Amen Clinics since 2003, developing curriculum and programs related to the developing brain. His school programs are being used by thousands of students all over the world.


Dr. Payne was received 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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