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Oklahoma State University

Amy Williamson Payton


Associate Professor; Ramona Ware Emmons Paul Professor in Early Childhood Director, Institute for Building Early Relationships; Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator

328B Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-4325


Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC Human Development and Family Studies
M.Ed. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Early Childhood Education
B.S. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Early Childhood Education


My research broadly focuses on 1) infant/toddler social-emotional development and mental health and 2) early care and education. Specifically, I am interested in teacher-child and parent-child interactions and relationships and the subsequent socioemotional outcomes for very young children. I am also interested in the development and well-being of ECE professionals. Some of my recent work includes a study of well-being and beliefs about infant mental health in the general population and in a sub-sample of ECE providers and a study examining caregiver psychosocial characteristics as predictors of classroom interactions in Early Head Start. Currently, I am designing and piloting interventions in ECE programs related to teacher self-regulation and mindfulness as well as collecting data as part of a longitudinal study of infants in Oklahoma.

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