Erlanger A. Turner, PhD, Receives National Register Award for Excellence


turnerThe National Register of Health Service Psychologists Board of Directors announced Erlanger A. Turner, PhD, as the recipient of the 2014 Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Psychologist Award.

The award, named after the Executive Officer from 1990 to 2013, Judy E. Hall, PhD, supports a project that advances the mission, vision, and values of the National Register, and recognizes excellence in a nationally credentialed psychologist with less than ten years of postdoctoral experience.

Upon receipt of the award, Dr. Turner said, “I am honored to receive the 2014 Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Psychologist Award. I believe that the National Register’s mission to enhance psychologists’ contribution to multicultural integrated care is vital given the increased need to provide services to ethnic minority families. I am particularly passionate about increasing culturally competent care for African American families, given the high unmet need and perceived stigma towards mental health services in that community.”

Dr. Turner plans to use the award funds to develop psychoeducation interventions aimed to improve treatment engagement and attitudes towards psychological services among African American families. Using visual media to present psychoeducation, Dr. Turner will address the National Register’s vision to improve health for diverse communities.

Dr. Dorothy E. Holmes, member of the National Register Board of Directors and Chair of the Development and Awards Committee stated, “Erlanger ‘Earl’ Turner was selected for the 2014 Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Award because of his outstanding accomplishments as a clinician and scholar, and for his active service and leadership in national psychology organizations. His practice, peer-reviewed published scholarship, and National Register Award Project are focused on reducing health disparities. His service at the national level includes current or recent membership on the following APA and Division Boards and Committees: APA PsycLink Advisory Board, the Division 42 Presidential Diversity in Practice Task Force, the APA Membership Board, and the Co-Chair of the Division 42 Publication and Communications Committee.”

Dr. Turner received his PhD in clinical psychology in 2009 from Texas A&M University. His dissertation focused on parental attitudes toward child mental health services, particularly in the influence of ethnicity and child characteristics on help-seeking intentions. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Turner has been credentialed by the National Register since 2012.

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