Dr. Turner earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1986, graduating with Highest Honors and being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her doctorate from the UT Southwestern Medical Center.
She completed practicum and internship training at: The Dallas County Juvenile Department, Terrell State Hospital, Dallas Child Guidance Clinic, the UT Southwestern Outpatient Clinic and multiple units at Parkland and Zale Lipshy University hospitals. She was elected chief resident in Psychology in her fourth year and returned to finish out her training at Parkland.
She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 1990. From 1995 through 2007 she ran a private practice in north Dallas serving adults with chronic and terminal medical illnesses, victims of violent crime, couples, families, geriatric patients and individuals dealing with life change and high stress lifestyles.