Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Turner, William

  • Chris J. GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1099


William Turner, M.MFT, Ph.D., LMFT, is the Distinguished Professor of Public Service and Community Studies in the School of Public Policy at Lipscomb University. Dr. Turner is a national and international leader in the field of couple and family therapy, in the development of systemically informed healthcare policy, and the positive psychology of African American families.


William Lofton Turner was born and raised in rural North Carolina. The oldest of three siblings, he was the first in his family to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill satisfying a dream of his own as well as a dream of his parents who were not allowed to attend due to segregation. In 1985, he earned a BA in Journalism and then earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Abilene Christian University. Dr. Turner continued his education earning a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in human development with a specialization in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Science, Lipscomb UniversityNashvilleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA