Dr. Payne 's expertise is in political communication, public diplomacy, crisis communication, celebrity/spectacle media events and health communication, protest rhetoric, especially the shootings at Kent State. He has edited the American Behavioral Scientists campaign edition for every presidential election since 1988.
He is the founding director of the Saudi American Exchange, the first grass roots public diplomacy effort in the wake of 9/11, which was honored at the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative. He is the past president of the International Academy of Business Disciplines, past Chair of the NCA Political Communication Division, and former Chair of the Communication Studies Dept at Emerson. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Communication, Tripodos, American Behavioral Scientist and the Journal of Promotion Management. He is the author of Tom Bradley: The Impossible Dream, Mayday: Kent State,and the play Kent State: A Requiem,has authored academic and popular articles and book chapters for publications worldwide, and has provided commentary for print, electronic and new media nationally and internationally. He has consulted with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Treasury, United Nations, UNICEF, Cities of Los Angeles, Boston, Barcelona and local, national and international businesses and NGO's. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award and Outstanding Service Awards from the University of Illinois, Friends of the Emerson Majestic, U.S. Treasury, Formula 1, International Academy of Business Disciplines, and the Humanitarian Award from the Northwest Communication Association.