Dr. Erica L. Payne is a veteran educator with more than 24 years of combined career experience as a school psychologist, administrator, author, college instructor, entrepreneur, and consultant. Her extensive career includes service to youth in Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, the District of Columbia, and recognition for her exemplary service and dedication to the school district community.
Dr. Payne is a frequent guest speaker, committing to over 5000 hours of public speaking and consulting on the local, state, national, and international levels. As an author, she has peer-reviewed journal articles, including “Disordered Eating Habits of a Black, Deaf Adolescent Female,” in the book, Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders. Dr. Payne was also a feature in Voyage ATL, an internet media platform for small businesses, as a subject matter expert for a documentary, Deaflympics, and on the C. Harper Show radio broadcast.
Her other distinguished accomplishments include serving as a panelist at Gallaudet University’s Sesquicentennial Conference, as a member of the Maryland State Department of Education’s American Sign Language Task Force, and as Founder/CEO of a nonprofit organization. She is fluent in American Sign Language and is an advocate for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children, adolescents, and adult learners. Dr. Payne is a graduate of Hampton University and Gallaudet University, respectively.