Erlanger A. Turner Ph.D.

Erlanger “Earl” Turner, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Turner teaches courses on clinical psychology and multicultural issues. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station. Dr. Turner also completed a post-doctoral residency at the Kennedy Krieger Institute through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

His research and clinical interests include: access to behavioral health services, health equity, cultural competency, behavioral parent training, motivation and psychotherapy use, and mental health disparities. Dr. Turner has published articles in scholarly journals and presented his research at national conferences. He has also served a media expert with national media sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post NBC news, and Houston Chronicle.

In addition to his clinical work, he is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Black Psychologists. He is also a member of Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, and the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. He also served as the 2017 Chair of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Project Advisory Committee (2016-2018). Visit for more details. 

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