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Laura Payne, PhD

Laura Payne, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Member of the Faculty


Laura Payne, PhD, is the director of the Clinical and Translational Pain Research Program at McLean Hospital. Her research focuses on identifying neurobiological, behavioral, and psychological biomarkers related to pain, particularly menstrual pain in adolescents. Specifically, she is interested in identifying factors that are associated with the transition from recurrent to chronic pain in girls and young women. Her work also extends to developing and evaluating novel treatments for menstrual pain, such as cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and nutriceuticals.

Dr. Payne has been awarded numerous NIH grants, including a career development grant to examine central pain mechanisms in adolescents and young adults with menstrual pain, and most recently a large-scale study identifying behavioral and neural phenotypes of menstrual pain in adolescent girls. She is actively involved in professional organizations and serves on several editorial boards, including Pain Medicine.


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Education & Training:

  • 2000 BA in Psychology, University of California Los Angeles
  • 2000 BA in Sociology, University of California Los Angeles
  • 2002 MA in Clinical Psychology, Boston University
  • 2007 PhD in Clinical Psychology, Boston University
  • 2006-2007 Pre-Doctoral Internship, West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration
  • 2007-2013 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Board Certifications:
  • 2009 Psychologist, California Board of Psychology
  • 2017 Member, National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • 2017 Licensed Psychologist, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts




Office Address:

Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 108