Kristen Farrell Turner, Ph.D

Kristen Farrell Turner, Ph.D

Kristen Farrell-Turner, Ph.D. graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2000 with a B.A. in Psychology, and then completed a M.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology concentration) at University of Michigan in 2002.

  • PhD, Psychology, University of Miami
  • MS, Kinesiology, University of Michigan

Graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2000 with a B.A. in Psychology, and then completed a M.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology concentration) at University of Michigan in 2002. Between 2001 and 2005, she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan (2001-2002) and then at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH (2002-2005) on several NIH-funded studies spanning a wide range of women’s health disorders. In 2005, Dr. Farrell-Turner began pre-doctoral studies at the University of Miami, earning her M.S. in 2007 and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 with a concentration in Health Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at Citrus Health Network, Inc. in Hialeah, FL, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Healthcare System, Bruce W. Carter Medical Center in Miami, FL. Since becoming a licensed psychologist in 2013, she has provided psychological services in her private practice to adults with a variety of disorders and held a faculty position as well as the Psy.D. Program Director at Albizu University in Miami, FL.

Dr. Farrell-Turner’s research interests lie within the broad domain of health psychology, but more specifically on the topic of systemic inflammation and its relationship with both medical/chronic disease and mental health. Chronic diseases of particular interest include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Also of particular interest are the numerous ways that physical activity benefits both physiological and psychological functioning across the lifespan. Dr. Farrell-Turner has published several peer-reviewed articles on the relationship between inflammatory markers and psychosocial functioning, psychosocial functioning and medication adherence among individuals with heart failure, gestational diabetes and the offspring’s long-term health, and the interactions of physiological and psychological factors in polycystic ovary syndrome.

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