Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Psychology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Dr. Lisa J. Schulte
Department Head

Dr. Brian L. Turner, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Assistant Professor

Dr. Elliott D. Hammer

Research Interests:
General interests include the effectiveness of psychotherapy, cultural competency, black male success, Diversity/multicultural competency/inclusion issues (broadly defined), training and supervision.

Current Research Efforts:
Black male experiences in higher education, Black women and the culture of drinking in college, HBCU's and mental health, and Perceptions of LGBTQIA: What Lens are you using?

Teaching Interests:
Research/Experimental Methodology, Cultural Competency, Multicultural/Cultural Psychology, Theories of Psychotherapy/Counseling, Clinical Practice, Supervision/Training.

I completed my doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Jackson State University. To complete my doctoral training, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling and Testing Center at the University of Akron, Akron, OH. Prior to joining the faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, Dr. Turner served as a Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of West Florida 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.

I am a native of New Orleans, LA., where I graduated from Isidore Newman High School. I earned an athletic scholarship to Southern University and A & M College where I was a four year letter winner as member of the 1995, 1997 and 1998 Black College National Champion Football Team. I also graduated Cum Laude.

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Dissertation: Assessment of coping styles, daily hassles, and ethnic identity in Black Americans
B.S. Psychology, Southern University and A & M College at Baton Rouge, LA

Areas of Expertise:
Black Male Academic and Social Achievement, Multicultural competency in clinical practice, Psychotherapy/Counseling Psychoeducational, Programming/Outreach Public Speaking, Mental Health Advocacy, Organizational/Leadership Development, Relationships, Civic Engagement/Activism

Awards, Honors and Civic Engagement:

  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) Fellow
    Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Leadership Institute
  • Urban League Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) fellowship
  • 2017 Board President of the Encore Academy Charter School
    SilverBacks Society, Lead Mentor
  • Board member for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Louisiana, (NAMI-LA)
  • President's Award for Leadership in Diversity, University of West Florida
  • Division of Student Affairs, Award of Excellence, University of West Florida
  • Oracle Outstanding Faculty Member, UWF Housing and Residence Life
  • Pensacola Independent News Weekly, Rising Star
  • Employee of the Month, University of West Florida
  • University of Akron, Division of Student Affairs Celebration of Diversity Award

Other Interests:
Rottweilers, Southern/New Orleans cuisine, Sports: Saints/Southern U./Pelicans/LSU/XU