Monica Walker Payne, MA
Lead Evaluator
PA System of Care Partnership Evaluation Team  

Monica is the Lead Evaluator for the Youth and Family Training Institute and the SAMHSA-funded PA System of Care Partnership. She supervises our data collection, data analysis, and continuous quality improvement efforts across the state of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for coordinating the National Evaluation, TRAC-NOMS study, and Pennsylvania County Progress Assessment in System of Care counties across the state of PA as well as the Wraparound Fidelity Index-Short Form (WFI-EZ) and Chart Form data collection in PA counties implementing High Fidelity Wraparound.

Monica has been trained in both clinical psychology and education, and has been working with youth and families who are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues for the past 15 years. Prior to her current role, she coordinated three large longitudinal NIMH-funded research studies for the Child Psychiatry department of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has also worked as an outpatient and in-home family therapist and performed in-home crisis and prevention work. Additionally, Monica has conducted neuropsychological assessments at Allegheny General Hospital, taught secondary Social Studies at Upper St. Clair High School (South Hills suburb of Pittsburgh), and was an Adjunct Professor for undergraduate psychology courses at Duquesne University.

Monica obtained her training in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University, completing her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and her Ph.D. (ABD-All but Dissertation). She also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. She is married to her wonderful husband, Jim, has three adorable cats, and loves music, photography, and traveling in her free time.