California School of Professional Psychology
San Francisco Beach St Campus
Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221
Courses, Research Interests, Publications
Research Issues in Human Development
Coaching and Self Development
Social Psychology in Organizations
Group Dynamics in Organizations
Introduction to Professional Psychology
Executive coaching and leadership development, team development and dynamics, conflict management in teams, applied research, qualitative and quantitative approaches in the practice of assessment
Levin, I. & Turner, R. A. (2009). Can leaders really be "developed"? The California Psychologist, 42, 17-19.
Turner, R. (2008, January). Avoid derailment: Accept and adapt to change. Leadership Excellence.
Turner, R. and Schreiber, M. (2008, Sept.). Lawyers under the microscope: How does your leadership team work (together)? San Francisco Attorney Magazine.
Turner, R.A. (2007). Culture wars at work: Interpersonal subtlety, emotional expression, and the self-concept. Consulting Psychology Journal.
Turner, R.A. (2007). Leadership success: Does personality matter? The California Psychologist, 40, 10-14.
Ditzen, B., Neumman, I., Bodenmann, G., vonDawans, B., Turner, R. A., Ehlert, U., & Heinrichs, M. (2007). Effects of different kinds of couple interaction on cortisol and heart rate responses to stress in women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 32, 565-574.
Gonzaga, G.C., Turner, R. A., Keltner, D., Campos, B. & Altemus, M. (2006). Romantic love and sexual desire in close relationships, Emotion, 6, 163-179.
Howard, I., Turner, R. A., Olkin, R., & Mohr, D. C. (2006). Therapeutic alliance mediates the relationship between interpersonal problems and depression outcome in a cohort of multiple sclerosis patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 1197-1204.
Turner, R.A., Altemus, M., Yip, D.N., Kupferman, E., Fletcher, D., Bostrom, A., Lyons, D. & Amico, J. (2002). Effects of positive and negative emotion on oxytocin, prolactin and ACTH in women. Stress, 5, 269-276.
Turner, R.A., Altemus, M., Enos, T., Cooper, B. & McGuinness, T.L. (1999). Preliminary research on plasma oxytocin levels in healthy, normal cycling women: Investigating emotional states and interpersonal distress. Psychiatry, 65, 97-113.
Knutson, B., Wolkowitz, O.M., Cole, S.W., Chan, T., Moore, E.A., Johnson, R.C., Terpstra, J., Turner, R.A., & Reus, V. (1998). Serotonergic intervention alters a major dimension of normal personality. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 373-379. [Reprinted in J.T. Cacioppo, et al. (Eds.) (2002). Foundations in Social Neuroscience, pp. 1039-1091.]
Park, C., Moore, P., Turner, R. A., & Adler, N.E. (1997). The role of constructive thinking and optimism in psychological and behavioral adjustments during pregnancy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 584-592.
Turner, R. A., Levin, I. & Felice, L. (2009, February). Techniques of executive coaching: An evolving practice. Workshop presented at the mid-winter conference of the Society for Consulting Psychology. San Diego, CA.
Turner, R. and Ferdman, B. (2008, April). Leadership development: Then and now. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the California Psychological Association. Anaheim, CA.
Turner, R.A., Blanton, J. Finkelman, J., & Ferdman, B. (2007, April). Finding your niche: From diverse backgrounds to diverse careers in consulting psychology. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the California Psychological Association. Costa Mesa, CA.
Academic History and Background
PhD, Social Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1987
Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
MS, Psychology, Radford College, Radford, Virginia University of Vermont Overseas Program at University of Nice
BS, BA Psychology, French, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
California Psychological Association
American Psychological Association (APA)
Social Psychology Network
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Div. 14, APA)
Society for Consulting Psychology (Div. 13, APA)
Professional Practice and Community Service
Secretary/Treasurer, Division III: I/O and Consulting Psychology, California Psychological Association, 2007-2008
Member, Convention Program Committee, California Psychological Association, 2007
Professor, Organizational Psychology Division, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, 2007-Present
Member, Task Force for Behavioral Health Innovations, Department of Public Health, City of San Francisco, 2005-2006
Chair, San Francisco Mental Health Board, 2004-2007
Professor, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Alliant International University, San Francisco, 2003-2007
Director, PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, 2000-2003
Core Faculty, Asst. to Assoc. Professor, Alliant International University (formerly named California School of Professional Psychology), 1994-2003
Registered Psychologist, Westside Crisis and Outpatient Clinic, San Francisco, CA, 1994-1995
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Program in Psychology and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1994-Present
Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, and Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1988-1994
Organizational Consultant, Aurora Associates International, Washington, DC, 1981-1984
Certified in Leadership 360 by Management Research Group
Research on emotion and social psychological perspectives
Board Member, San Francisco Suicide Prevention-Present
Executive Development/Organizational Consultant (Executive Coaching)
Meeting facilitation and conflict resolution
Quantitative and interview methods in organizational studies, including survey design and analysis
Chair, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Division, California Psychological Association
Certified in SYMLOG, a team assessment method
Social science research applied to businesses and organizational consulting
Bio and Links
Dr. Turner currently serves as Chair of the Division of Industrial/Organizational Psychology for the California Psychological Association (CPA) and is active in two divisions of the American Psychological Association - Division of Consulting Psychology and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). In 2003, Dr. Turner was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the San Francisco Mental Health Board, which elected her as Chair in 2004. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, a non-profit agency.
During the past two decades, Dr. Turner has been a faculty member at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and subsequently California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant where she conducted research on interpersonal relationships and emotion, and their impact on health and risk behaviors. In work that was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, she conducted laboratory research exploring human emotions and oxytocin, the hormone neuroscientists have identified as promoting social attachments. At UCSF, she has been an affiliated faculty member for the postdoctoral program in psychology and medicine, Center for Health and Community, and also co-facilitated professional development groups for medical students. After two years as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, she joined CSPP and served as Director of the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program in San Francisco from 2000 to 2003.