Heather A. Turner, Ph.D.
Heather A. Turner is Professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Turner’s research program has concentrated on social stress processes and mental health. She is especially interested the effects of violence, victimization, and other forms of adversity on the social and psychological development of children and adolescents. Dr. Turner has 12 years of research experience on childhood exposure to violence, has conducted numerous national surveys, and has published over 50 articles, many focusing on the epidemiology of childhood victimization and mental health. She is currently co-principal investigator for the OJJDP funded National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NATSCEV) – a study designed to obtain comprehensive estimates of children’s exposure to multiple forms of violence and victimization across the full developmental spectrum (age 0-17). The survey also assesses a variety of family, community, and individual level correlates of children’s exposure to victimization as well as the emotional and behavioral outcomes of such exposure. Along with her experience in survey research, Dr. Turner has considerable expertise in the measurement of childhood stress and exposure to crime, violence, and abuse. Dr. Turner is also the Director of the International Conference on Social Stress Research and currently the Chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).