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Erlanger “Earl” Turner, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He is also the Executive Director of Therapy for Black Kids. 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, Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, NBC News, NPR, and more.

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, and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. He also served as the 2017 Chair of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Project Advisory Committee (2016-2019), and is the Past-President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. The content published here does not represent the views of any organizations listed. Visit for more details.

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