Heather Turner

Professor of Sociology

Heather Turner is interested in the impact of social structure, stress, and resources on mental health. Her current research projects focus on gender differences in depression, the long-term and cumulative effects of childhood adversity on the mental health of adults, the role of social capital in the stress process, and the impact of juvenile victimization on child well-being. At the Crimes against Children Center, Turner is co-principal investigator (with David Finkelhor) on the Developmental Victimization Survey (DVS), a national study of 2,000 children age 2-17. The DVS is designed to estimate the incidence and distribution of a wide range of victimization experiences, and to assess the impact of various forms of victimization on mental health outcomes.

Child abuse
Mental health
College of Liberal Arts
Heather  Turner