Pamela Payne, Ph.D., CFLE

Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Science
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Dr. Pamela Payne comes to the faculty at University of Nevada, Reno via Ogden, Utah. Dr. Payne is an Assistant Professor in Human Development & Family Science and Cooperative Extension. After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 2001, she went on to receive a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. While working on her Master's degree, she worked in Probation with juvenile male felons in Southern California where she became fascinated by the impact of family on future behavior. Following completion of her Master's degree, she pursued a Ph.D. in Family & Consumer Sciences from the University of Arizona. After the completion of her dissertation focused on the integration and utilization of spiritual and religious beliefs in marital formation, she worked in Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona before joining the faculty at Weber State University in 2012.

Dr. Payne's research interests are broadly defined as much of her work focuses on the needs of the community she is living in. She has done research on various aspects of romantic relationships (e.g., sexuality, communication, relationship formation and maintenance), parenting (e.g., social support, parenting behaviors), youth (e.g., school achievement & success) and areas of community engagement and extension. Dr. Payne has published in the Journal of Extension, Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, Journal of Marriage and Family Review, and others.

Dr. Payne also loves to teach college courses. She has taught over 75 sections of 20 different courses at multiple universities. She has taught courses on parenting, romantic relationships, professional development (e.g., job searching, resume, cover letters, interviewing), internship/practicum/field experience, life-span development, human sexuality, understanding military families, among others. She loves getting to know students, helping them meet their goals and find their passions in working with families. 

Dr. Payne is excited to be at UNR and is looking forward to working with students, faculty and the community in her new roles in HDFS and Cooperative Extension! Her current projects include work with 4-H, Youth Horticulture, Marriage and Relationship Education and other areas where Extension and HDFS intersect.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona
  • M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Arizona