Jason Payne, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jason PayneDr. Jason Payne joined the SON faculty in 2021. He has more than 20 years of experience in nursing in a variety of roles and is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP). Payne most recently served as a FNP in a perioperative medicine clinic and surgery center for 11 years, helping patients to optimize their health before having surgery. While in this role, he was the project leader for development and management of an onsite perioperative medicine clinic at an eye surgery center. Additionally, Payne has served as a FNP in a retail health clinic. His research interests stem from his work as a FNP, most recently investigating the impact of adherence to mobile-app-based dietary self-monitoring on weight loss in adults.

Payne began his career as a nurse extern in medical-surgical nursing in 1999. He earned his BSN from Alderson-Broaddus University in 2001 and worked as a registered nurse (float pool) for several years in a variety of specialties including: Trauma, neurology and neurosurgery, epilepsy monitoring, orthopedics, general medical-surgical, oncology, bone marrow transplant, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, and stepdown.

Dr. Payne’s previous academic appointments include The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Nursing and West Virginia University School of Nursing in the roles of clinical instructor and lecturer, teaching students in traditional and accelerated BSN degree programs. During these appointments, he taught transition to professional practice, leadership, health assessment, introduction to nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and high-acuity nursing. During his appointment at OSU, Payne served as program co-coordinator of the Student Nurse Extern Program, a joint program of The Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Nursing. While at OSU, he re-established and served as the faculty advisor for the Buckeye Assembly for Men in Nursing, a student organization designed to encourage networking, mentoring, recruitment, and retention of men in the College of Nursing. Payne served as the project coordinator for winning the American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN) “Best College of Nursing for Men” award to OSU in 2008.


  • 2001, BSN, Alderson-Broaddus University
  • 2005, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, West Virginia University School of Nursing
  • 2020, PhD, Duquesne University School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Mobile health
  • Obesity
  • Weight management
  • Behavior change for health promotion
  • Quantified self

Community Engagement

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • The American Nurses Association
  • The American Heart Association