Integration of evidence-based psychotherapy, psychological evaluation, and medication for a wholistic approach to mental health treatment,
Prescribing psychologists are relatively new to Iowa, but psychologists with additional training have been prescribing medication for mental health disorders since the 1990s through the Department of Defense and Indian Health Service clinics. Other states like Louisiana, New Mexico, Illinois, and Idaho also allow psychologists to prescribe. Licensed psychologists, first trained as doctors of psychology and experts in diagnosis and treating mental health concerns, complete an additional Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology plus extensive practical experience before becoming certified to prescribe.
Dr. Payne first completed an MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2012 from Farleigh Dickinson University. She worked with a team of psychologists to expand Licensed Psychologists' ability to treat their patients by integrating medication with psychotherapy. Legislation passed in Iowa granting psychologists with additional training and supervision to prescribe medications approved for treating mental health disorders in 2016. Extensive practice rules were completed with the Board of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Payne completed a second round of academic training through New Mexico State University and supervised experience to qualify as a Conditional Prescribing Psychologist in Iowa in January 2022. Dr. Payne will be supervised by Dr. David Widitz, a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, for two years before becoming an independent Prescribing Psychologist.
Dr. Payne works with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to provide diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. She conducts psychological evaluations and can provide treatment using evidence-based psychotherapy and medication.