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Holly Paymon, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Holly Paymon, Ph.D., is an Early Childhood and Integrated Care Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC) in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Paymon specializes in early intervention and development during early childhood, supporting healthy parent-child interactions, and in providing trauma-informed care for children and families. Through the Family Development Program, she provides psychotherapeutic support to vulnerable families with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Dr. Paymon earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also holds master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Infant Family Practice. Prior to Dr. Paymon’s fellowship at UCLA, she completed her clinical internship at UC Davis Children’s hospital in the Child and Adolescent Abuse Resources and Evaluation (CAARE) Diagnostic and Treatment Center, where she specialized in infant mental health and complex childhood trauma treatment, with an emphasis on providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), as well as psychological and child welfare evaluations.

Fun fact: she loves to travel and visits a different country each year.