Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne helps leaders to achieve peak performance by using coping strategies that take advantage of the natural abilities of the brain. She holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the University of Notre Dame, where she is the Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology and Director of the Sleep Stress and Memory (SAM) Lab. Her research and publications explore how sleep and stress independently and interactively influence memory, emotion, performance and creativity.

An engaging teacher and speaker, Dr. Payne received Harvard’s Bok Center Award for teaching excellence and Notre Dame’s Frank O’Malley award for undergraduate teaching and service. She is also a recent recipient of the Laird Cermak Award for contributions to memory research.

Leaders and consultants in a number of settings draw on Dr. Payne’s expertise. She is the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, and sits on advisory boards for Humana, Inc. and the NeuroLeadership Institute.

She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University’s Psychology Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Arizona; an MA in Experimental Psychology from Mount Holyoke College; and a BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego.