Dr. Chris Payne

C. Chris Payne is Director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at UNC Greensboro where she is a Research Professor and adjunct graduate faculty in the department of Human Development and Family Studies.  Dr. Payne holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relations with certifications in Educational Administration and Supervision.  Her work focuses on both intervention and prevention-based programs for vulnerable families which stress early development, parenting, and community partnerships. She is an inaugural board member of the North Carolina Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association (NCIMHA) and Co-convener of the Guilford School Readiness Collaborative (SRC).  Dr. Payne is committed to work which bridges research, policy, and practice. She has over 30 years of experience in educational administration, research and academe.  She has developed and directed model school-based programs for children, served on state and national task forces, provided professional consultation, training, protocol development, and evaluation services for various community and state agencies and for university colleagues both nationally as well as internationally. Dr. Payne’s work has been funded by the NICHD, SAMHSA, ACF, DOE, the NCDPH and numerous foundations and state agencies.

Dr. Payne’s primary research initiatives focus on the influence of parenting, early care,  and school environments on children’s development across early and middle childhood.  In particular, her research examines significant relationships such as parent-child, family, and teacher-child relationships and how these support healthy development and school success in children. Currently she is a Co-Investigator on The Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules and Child Health in Impoverished Families Study (NICHD), The Preschool Relationship Enhancement Project (DOED), and serves as PI/ research director for three community initiatives: Early Is Best, The Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative, and Bringing Out the Best. She recently served as the Principal Investigator of an ACF Office of Head Start innovations and improvement grant and as the Evaluation PI for the SAMHSA funded NC LAUNCH (North Carolina Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grant. She is one of the investigators of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a 20 year, 10 site national study of  more than 1,200 children and families, resulting in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations.

Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships
Address: P.O. Box 26170, 1001 W. Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro, NC  27402-6170
Phone: (336) 334-3863
Fax: (336) 334-4157

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