Heather Turner

Heather Turner
Phone: (603) 862-3670
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 303D, Durham, NH 03824

Heather A. Turner is Professor of Sociology and Senior 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, including the effects of violence, victimization, and other forms of adversity on the social and psychological development of children and adolescents. Dr. Turner has over 15 years of research experience on childhood exposure to violence, has conducted numerous national surveys, and has published over 125 articles, many focusing on the childhood adversity and mental health. She was a principal investigator for the OJJDP funded National Surveys of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV I, NatSCEV II and NatSCEV III) – studies designed to obtain comprehensive estimates of children’s exposure to multiple forms of violence and victimization across the full developmental spectrum (ages 0-17). Dr. Turner is the Director of the International Conference on Social Stress Research and past the Chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Courses Taught

  • SOC 595: Independent Reading & Research
  • SOC 625: Mental Health and Society
  • SOC 740/840: Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 900: Pro-seminar
  • SOC 905: Research Practicum
  • SOC 999: Doctoral Research


  • Ph.D., Human Development&Family Study, University of California - San Francisco
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Western Ontario

Research Interests

  • Aging and life course
  • AIDS
  • Sociology of the family
  • Stress processes and mental health
  • Survey research

Selected Publications

  • Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., & Colburn, D. (2023). Predictors of Online Child Sexual Abuse in a U.S. National Sample.. J Interpers Violence, 38(11-12), 7780-7803. doi:10.1177/08862605221149090

  • Gebo, E., Rebellon, C. J., & Turner, H. A. (2022). Specifying the Nature of the Victim-Offender Overlap: A Gendered Analysis of Victimization and Offending Subtypes. VICTIMS & OFFENDERS, 17(3), 372-394. doi:10.1080/15564886.2021.1970066

  • Turner, H. A., & Colburn, D. (2022). Independent and Cumulative Effects of Recent Maltreatment on Suicidal Ideation and Thoughts of Self-harm in a National Sample of Youth. JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH, 70(2), 329-335. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.09.022

  • Mitchell, K. J., Jones, L. M., Turner, H. A., Beseler, C. L., Hamby, S., & Jr, W. R. (2021). Understanding the Impact of Seeing Gun Violence and Hearing Gunshots in Public Places: Findings From the Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Study. JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 36(17-18), 8835-8851. doi:10.1177/0886260519853393

  • Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., & Henly, M. (2021). Exposure to Family and Friend Homicide in a Nationally Representative Sample of Youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(7-8), NP4413-NP4442. doi:10.1177/0886260518787200

  • Finkelhor, D., Turner, H. A., Shattuck, A., & Hamby, S. L. (2015). Prevalence of Childhood Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse Results From the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence. JAMA PEDIATRICS, 169(8), 746-754. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0676

  • Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R., & Hamby, S. L. (2009). Violence, Abuse, and Crime Exposure in a National Sample of Children and Youth. PEDIATRICS, 124(5), 1411-1423. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-0467

  • Finkelhor, D., Orrarod, R. K., & Turner, H. A. (2007). Poly-victimization: A neglected component in child victimization. CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT, 31(1), 7-26. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2006.06.008

  • Finkelhor, D., Hamby, S. L., Ormrod, R., & Turner, H. (2005). The Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire: Reliability, validity, and national norms. CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT, 29(4), 383-412. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2004.11.001

  • Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R., Turner, H., & Hamby, S. L. (2005). The victimization of children and youth: A comprehensive, national survey. CHILD MALTREATMENT, 10(1), 5-25. doi:10.1177/1077559504271287