Heather Turner

Phone: (603) 862-3670
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 303D, Durham, NH 03824
Heather Turner

Heather A. Turner is Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Turner’s research program has concentrated on social stress processes and mental health, including the effects of violence, victimization, and other forms of adversity on the social and psychological development of children and adolescents. Dr. Turner has over 15 years of research experience on childhood exposure to violence, has conducted numerous national surveys, and has published over 125 articles, many focusing on the childhood adversity and mental health. She was a principal investigator for the OJJDP funded National Surveys of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV I, NatSCEV II and NatSCEV III) – studies designed to obtain comprehensive estimates of children’s exposure to multiple forms of violence and victimization across the full developmental spectrum (ages 0-17). Dr. Turner is the Director of the International Conference on Social Stress Research and past the Chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).


  • Ph.D., Human Development&Family Study, University of California - San Francisco
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Western Ontario

Research Interests

  • Aging and life course
  • AIDS
  • Sociology of the family
  • Stress processes and mental health
  • Survey research

Courses Taught

  • SOC 625: Mental Health and Society
  • SOC 699: Senior Thesis
  • SOC 740: Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 792: Internship Independent Study
  • SOC 997: Adv Spc Top/Research Practicum

Selected Publications

Vanderminden, J., Hamby, S., David-Ferdon, C., Kacha-Ochana, A., Merrick, M., Simon, T. R., . . . Turner, H. (2019). Rates of neglect in a national sample: Child and family characteristics and psychological impact. Child Abuse & Neglect, 88, 256-265. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.11.014

Mitchell, K. J., Turner, H. A., & Jones, L. M. (2019). Youth Exposure to Suicide Attempts: Relative Impact on Personal Trauma Symptoms. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 56(1), 109-115. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2018.09.008

Jones, L. M., Mitchell, K. J., Turner, H. A., & Ybarra, M. L. (2018). Characteristics of bias-based harassment incidents reported by a national sample of U.S. adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 65, 50-60. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.02.013

Merrick, M. T., Henly, M., Turner, H. A., David-Ferdon, C., Hamby, S., Kacha-Ochana, A., . . . Finkelhor, D. (2018). Beyond residential mobility: A broader conceptualization of instability and its impact on victimization risk among children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 485-494. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.01.029

Hamby, S., Taylor, E., Jones, L., Mitchell, K. J., Turner, H. A., & Newlin, C. (2018). From Poly-Victimization to Poly-Strengths: Understanding the Web of Violence Can Transform Research on Youth Violence and Illuminate the Path to Prevention and Resilience. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(5), 719-739. doi:10.1177/0886260517744847

Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., & Ormrod, R. (2010). Poly-Victimization in a National Sample of Children and Youth. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38(3), 323-330. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2009.11.012

Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R., & Hamby, S. L. (2009). Violence, Abuse, and Crime Exposure in a National Sample of Children and Youth. PEDIATRICS, 124(5), 1411-1423. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-0467

Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R. K., & Turner, H. A. (2007). Poly-victimization: A neglected component in child victimization. Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(1), 7-26. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2006.06.008

Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., & Ormrod, R. (2006). The effect of lifetime victimization on the mental health of children and adolescents. Social Science & Medicine, 62(1), 13-27. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.05.030

Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R., Turner, H., & Hamby, S. L. (2005). The Victimization of Children and Youth: A Comprehensive, National Survey. Child Maltreatment, 10(1), 5-25. doi:10.1177/1077559504271287

Most Cited Publications