African American and Diaspora Studies

About the Director

Brian Turner

Brian L. Turner, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian L. Turner, is a native of New Orleans, LA and completed his undergraduate studies at The Southern University at Baton Rouge. He completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Jackson State University. Dr. Turner serves currently as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He has worked with college students, post incarceration sex offenders, but most ardently he has worked with black males from adolescence to adulthood on a wide spectrum of issues.  Dr. Turner’s work as a professor and clinician is grounded in his multicultural training which explores the impact of culture on mental health.  During his time at Xavier University of Louisiana his research has focused on Black Male Experiences in Higher Education, Black Women and Risky Behaviors, and Mental Health and HBCU’s. 
Dr. Turner is an alumnus of the Urban League Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) fellowship, an alumnus of the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Leadership Institute.  Dr. Turner serves as a board member for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Louisiana, (NAMI-LA), 2017 Board President of the Encore Academy Charter School.  He serves as the director of the Abundant Life Tabernacle FGBC Tomorrow’s Man mentorship program and as the director of the Men’s Ministry.  He is also the lead mentor at Samuel J. Green for the SilverBacks Society. 
Dr. Turner has been honored as a Top Teacher by Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society, Xavier University of Louisiana; University of West Florida (UWF) Employee of the Month; UWF Presidents Award for Leadership in Diversity; UWF Division of Student Affairs Award of Excellence; UWF Housing and Residence Life Oracle Outstanding Faculty Member; Pensacola Independent News Weekly Rising Star for 2012, and the University of Akron Division of Student Affairs Celebration of Diversity Award. 
Prior to joining the faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, Dr. Turner served as a Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola where he served dually as the Outreach and Diversity Coordinator while at UWF.   During his tenure at UWF, Dr. Turner also served as a faculty associate in the Psychology Department and the College Student Affairs Administration Department, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. 
Dr. Turner’s research and clinical interests are as follows, the intersection of culture and psychology, Social justice/equality, Coping styles and mental health outcomes, Diversity/multicultural competency/inclusion issues (broadly defined), 
Mental health advocacy/legislative issues, Psychodiagnostic assessment and measures, and 
Clinical Training and Supervision. 
While at UWF, Dr. Turner was appointed to the Vice President of Student Affairs Multicultural Competency Committee and served as the advisor for the African American Student Association.  He was also a member of the UWF Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee, the UWF Presidential Policy Council on Diversity and Inclusion.  Dr. Turner’s roles also included the President for the UWF Black Employee Association and the 1st Vice President of the Executive Board for the Community Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc. (CDAC).  Dr. Turner oversaw the Annual UWF Men of Color Retreat and Conference which focused on issues that Black Men experienced in making the journey through higher education and in life. 

Brian L. Turner, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor 
Department of Psychology --Box 115 
Xavier University of Louisiana 
1 Drexel Dr. 
New Orleans, LA 70125-1098 
504.520.5278 phone 
504.520.7952 fax 
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Brian L. Turner, Ph.D.