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Psychology Faculty - Erlanger A. Turner

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Erlanger Turner

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: N1066
(713) 221-5043

Dr. Erlanger Turner joined the UHD faculty in 2014. Prior to joining UHD, he worked as a clinical psychologist in urban medical centers providing therapy to youth and their family.  He earned his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University, and then completed a two-year clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Turner teaches courses such as Clinical Psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Multicultural Psychology. Learn more about his research on the Race and Cultural Experience (RACE) Research Lab website.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University
M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University
B.S. in Psychology, Louisiana State University

  • ​PSY 1303 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 3306 Introduction to Clinical Psychology​
  • PSY 3320 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 3322 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 4317 Multicultural Psychology
  • PSY 4395 Special Projects in Psychology​

​Dr. Erlanger Turner has a PhD in Clinical Psychology. His thesis and dissertation work involved developing an attitudes measure to assess thoughts related to child mental health services and to better understanding the role of ethnicity on the use of psychological services. After earning his PhD, Dr. Turner completed post-doctoral clinical training at the Johns Hopkins University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute providing outpatient psychological services to children and their families. Dr. Turner has been licensed to practice as a psychologist since 2011 and has worked in a medical setting providing clinical services prior to coming to UHD. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Turner has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research nationally on mental health services utilization, help-seeking behaviors, and cultural competency in clinical practice.

2014-present Assistant Professor of Psychology, UHD

2012-2014 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University

2009-2011 Practicum Supervisor, Kennedy Krieger Institute

2007-2008 Psychology Instructor, Texas A&M University


Academic Scholarship/Research/Creative Endeavors:


Turner, E.A., & *Richardson, J. (2018). Evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals with personality disorders. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer International Publishing.


Turner, E.A. & Llamas, J. (2017).  The role of therapy fears, ethnic identity, and spirituality on help-seeking behaviors among Latino college students. Psychological Services, 14(4), 524-530.


Turner, E.A., *Camarillo, J., *Daniel, S., *Otero, J., & *Parker, A. (2017) Correlates of psychotherapy use among ethnically diverse college students. Journal of College Student Development, 58(2), 300-307.


Turner, E.A., Cheng, H., Llamas, J., Tran, A. T., Hill, K., Tran, C., *Fretts, J.M., & Mercado, A. (2016). Factors impacting the current trends in the use of outpatient psychiatric treatment among diverse ethnic groups. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 12(2), 199-220. 


Turner, E.A., Jensen-Doss, A., & Heffer, R. (2015). Ethnicity as a moderator of how parents' attitudes and perceived stigma influence intentions to seek child mental health services. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(4), 613-618.


Turner, E.A. (2012). The Parental Attitudes Toward Psychological Services Inventory: Adaptation and Development of an Attitude Scale. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(4), 436-449.

Dr. Turner's research focuses on correlates and predictors of ethnic minority mental health. His research goals aim to: (1) elucidate correlates and predictors of child mental health services utilization among diverse populations, (2) identify mechanisms of help-seeking and (3) develop interventions to improve utilization and adherence to treatment. You can visit the Race and Cultural Experience (RACE) Research Lab website for more information on his research and publications.


Selected Awards/Honors

Judy E. Hall Ph.D. Early Career Psychologist Award, National Register of Health Service Psychologists, 2014


Elected to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, American Psychological Association, 2015-2017


Appointed to serve on the Behavioral Health National Project Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health, 2016-2018

Grant Funding

Predictors of Intentions to Seek Psychotherapy Among African Americans and Latinos

Role: PI

Funding Source: American Psychological Association's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs

Budget Period: August 2014 – August 2017

Last updated 1/4/2018 7:08 AM