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Rhemma Payne

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Ms. Rhemma Payne is a graduate of Indiana University (BS and MS in Human Development and Family Studies) and Liberty University (MA in Professional Counseling), and completing her dissertation study as a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at Walden. She has a passion for building connection and professional development for underrepresented students in online learning environments through the use of technology, mentorship, and culturally inclusive approaches in counselor education. She is a contributing faculty in Walden’s School of Counseling in the master’s clinical mental health counseling program. Ms. Payne is also a doctoral peer mentor within the Academic Skills Center, where she mentors incoming doctoral students, acclimating them to student resources.

Ms. Payne has experience teaching in subjects related to group dynamics, counseling techniques and has experience teaching in related fields of (i.e., human services, applied health science) teaching human development across lifespan, group dynamics, and women’s health. She also completed her doctoral internship at Walden, where she held various positions (i.e., site supervisor, teaching assistant, skills mentor) with diverse responsibilities to support students through different stages of development within Walden's CMHC program. Ms. Payne contributes to the counseling profession as a licensed mental health counselor in her private practice where she works with adults experiencing cultural stress, individuals coping with trauma and life adjustments, and those experiencing anxiety and depression using EMDR and Brainspotting.

Ms. Payne is dedicated to service and currently collaborates with social justice advocates in diverse communities to provide mental health services, consultation, and outreach. Additionally, she is a co-curator and President of Tapestry: Sister Circle, which is a mentorship group designed to support, uplift, and empower African American women in Walden’s CES program. She is dedicated to social change and advocacy and as such, is a 2020 NBCC Doctoral Minority Fellowship recipient, awarded $20,000 in recognition and belief for her advocacy and committment to service, scholarship, practice, and research within CES profession. In addition to her role as contributing faculty, doctoral peer mentor, and leader in Tapestry, she serves as the membership coordinator for Walden’s Omega Zeta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

Courses Taught

COUN 6316 - Techniques of Counseling


MA, Liberty University

MS, Indiana University

BS, Indiana University

Public Service

Monroe County Women's Commssion, County Commissioner; Secretary - Bloomington, IN

Humanity for the Win!, Mental Health Consultant

Stepping Stones, Inc, Board Member; Secretary - Bloomington, IN

Awards / Honors

$20,000 Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program Recipient, National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), 2020

Inducted member, Chi Sigma Iota International Honor's Society, Omega Zeta Chapter, 2019


Payne, R. D. (2021). Chapter 7 entitled Trauma and stressor related disorders: Case of Amonique. In J.E. Bonfini & E. Ventura (Eds). Casebook for DSM-5TM: Diagnosis and treatment (2nd ed.). Springer Publishing Company.

Capuzzi, T. D., Stauffer, M. D., Payne, R. D. (2022). Chapter 1 entitled, Helping relationships and theoretical foundations for counseling and psychotherapy. In D. A. Capuzzi & M. D. Stauffer (Eds). Counseling and psychotherapy: Theories and intervention. American Counseling Association.


Payne, R. D., Bonney-Graves, A. (2021). Supervising Superwoman: The Strong Black Woman Phenomenon and Culturally Responsive Approaches for Clinical Supervision. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Bi-annual Conference.

Griffin, M. A., Harrison, A. D., Payne, R. D. (2020). Mentorship and Black Women: Exploring Topics that Arise in Safe Spaces. Walden University.

Payne, R. D. (2020). Culturally Responsive Approach to Developing Professional Identity for Black Students. Walden University.

Payne, R. D. (2019). Helping the Strong Black Woman: How Does Spirituality Inform Counseling Practices. American Counseling Association Conference and Expo.

Payne, R. D. (2018). Cultural Chasms: Review of the Underrepresentation of Black Women in Counseling Supervision Research. North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Bi-annual Conference.