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Erlanger A. Turner Ph.D.


Erlanger “Earl” Turner, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He is also the Creator and Executive Director of Therapy for Black Kids.

Dr. Turner has published articles in scholarly journals and presented his research at national conferences on mental health disparities, multicultural competence in clinical practice, and African American mental health. He has also served as a media expert with sources such as the New York Times, Oprah Daily, Washington Post, USA Today, Bustle, Essence, NBC News, NPR, and more.

In addition to his clinical work, he is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. In 2017, he served as Chair of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and is a Former President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (2020). The content published here does not represent the views of any organizations listed. Visit for more details.

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