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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 was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Turner 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 a variety of courses such as Clinical Psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Multicultural Psychology.

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.

Teaching Experience:

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., Jensen-Doss, A., & Heffer, R. (in press). 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.

Turner, E.A. & Turner, T.C. (in press). Diversity in the psychology workforce: Challenges and opportunities to increase the presence of African American males in psychology graduate programs. Register Report.

Turner, E.A. (2014).  Use of the PAI-A in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders: A clinical application.  Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2, 1, 1007-1011.

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.

Turner, E.A., & Liew, J. (2010). Children’s adjustment and child mental health service use: The role of parents’ attitudes and personal service use in an upper middle class sample. Community Mental Health Journal. 46, 3, 231-240.

Turner, E.A., & Mahon, S. (in press). Child mental health services and psychotherapy attitudes among Asian Indian parents: An exploratory study. Community Mental Health Journal.

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

Turner, E.A. & *Mills, C. (2016). Culturally relevant diagnosis and assessment of Mental Illness. In A., Breland-Noble, C., Al-Mateen, & N., Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth. Springer International Publishing.

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. 

*student/post-doctoral fellow co-author​

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



Research grant funded (2014-2016) by the American Psychological Association's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Science Directorate

Last updated 6/7/2017 10:46 AM