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 parenting, community partnerships, and school success. She is President of the North Carolina Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association (NCIMHA) and on the leadership team for Ready for School, Ready of Life, a 0-8 collective impact initiative in Guilford County. Dr. Payne is committed to work which bridges research, policy, and practice and has over 25 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. 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.