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California School of Professional Psychology

Organizational Psych

San Francisco Beach St Campus

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus

Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Research Issues in Human Development

Research Seminar

Coaching and Self Development

Social Psychology in Organizations

Organizational Assessment

Group Dynamics in Organizations

Introduction to Professional Psychology

Executive coaching and leadership development, team development and dynamics, conflict management in teams, applied research, qualitative and quantitative approaches in the practice of assessment

Levin, I. & Turner, R. A. (2009). Can leaders really be "developed"? The California Psychologist, 42, 17-19.

Turner, R. (2008, January). Avoid derailment: Accept and adapt to change. Leadership Excellence.

Turner, R. and Schreiber, M. (2008, Sept.). Lawyers under the microscope: How does your leadership team work (together)? San Francisco Attorney Magazine.

Turner, R.A. (2007). Culture wars at work: Interpersonal subtlety, emotional expression, and the self-concept. Consulting Psychology Journal.

Turner, R.A. (2007). Leadership success: Does personality matter? The California Psychologist, 40, 10-14.

Ditzen, B., Neumman, I., Bodenmann, G., vonDawans, B., Turner, R. A., Ehlert, U., & Heinrichs, M. (2007). Effects of different kinds of couple interaction on cortisol and heart rate responses to stress in women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 32, 565-574.

Gonzaga, G.C., Turner, R. A., Keltner, D., Campos, B. & Altemus, M. (2006). Romantic love and sexual desire in close relationships, Emotion, 6, 163-179.

Howard, I., Turner, R. A., Olkin, R., & Mohr, D. C. (2006). Therapeutic alliance mediates the relationship between interpersonal problems and depression outcome in a cohort of multiple sclerosis patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 1197-1204.

Turner, R.A., Altemus, M., Yip, D.N., Kupferman, E., Fletcher, D., Bostrom, A., Lyons, D. & Amico, J. (2002). Effects of positive and negative emotion on oxytocin, prolactin and ACTH in women. Stress, 5, 269-276.

Turner, R.A., Altemus, M., Enos, T., Cooper, B. & McGuinness, T.L. (1999). Preliminary research on plasma oxytocin levels in healthy, normal cycling women: Investigating emotional states and interpersonal distress. Psychiatry, 65, 97-113.

Knutson, B., Wolkowitz, O.M., Cole, S.W., Chan, T., Moore, E.A., Johnson, R.C., Terpstra, J., Turner, R.A., & Reus, V. (1998). Serotonergic intervention alters a major dimension of normal personality. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 373-379. [Reprinted in J.T. Cacioppo, et al. (Eds.) (2002). Foundations in Social Neuroscience, pp. 1039-1091.]

Park, C., Moore, P., Turner, R. A., & Adler, N.E. (1997). The role of constructive thinking and optimism in psychological and behavioral adjustments during pregnancy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 584-592.

Turner, R. A., Levin, I. & Felice, L. (2009, February). Techniques of executive coaching: An evolving practice. Workshop presented at the mid-winter conference of the Society for Consulting Psychology. San Diego, CA.

Turner, R. and Ferdman, B. (2008, April). Leadership development: Then and now. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the California Psychological Association. Anaheim, CA.

Turner, R.A., Blanton, J. Finkelman, J., & Ferdman, B. (2007, April). Finding your niche: From diverse backgrounds to diverse careers in consulting psychology. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the California Psychological Association. Costa Mesa, CA.

Academic History and Background

BS, BA Psychology, French, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

MS, Psychology, Radford College, Radford, Virginia University of Vermont Overseas Program at University of Nice

Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

PhD, Social Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1987

California Psychological Association

American Psychological Association (APA)

Social Psychology Network

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Div. 14, APA)

Society for Consulting Psychology (Div. 13, APA)

Professional Practice and Community Service

Secretary/Treasurer, Division III: I/O and Consulting Psychology, California Psychological Association, 2007-2008

Member, Convention Program Committee, California Psychological Association, 2007

Professor, Organizational Psychology Division, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, 2007-Present

Member, Task Force for Behavioral Health Innovations, Department of Public Health, City of San Francisco, 2005-2006

Chair, San Francisco Mental Health Board, 2004-2007

Professor, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Alliant International University, San Francisco, 2003-2007

Director, PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, 2000-2003

Core Faculty, Asst. to Assoc. Professor, Alliant International University (formerly named California School of Professional Psychology), 1994-2003

Registered Psychologist, Westside Crisis and Outpatient Clinic, San Francisco, CA, 1994-1995

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Program in Psychology and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1994-Present

Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, and Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1988-1994

Organizational Consultant, Aurora Associates International, Washington, DC, 1981-1984

Certified in Leadership 360 by Management Research Group

Research on emotion and social psychological perspectives

Board Member, San Francisco Suicide Prevention-Present

Organizational assessment

Executive Development/Organizational Consultant (Executive Coaching)

Meeting facilitation and conflict resolution

Quantitative and interview methods in organizational studies, including survey design and analysis

Chair, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Division, California Psychological Association

Certified in SYMLOG, a team assessment method

Social science research applied to businesses and organizational consulting

Bio and Links

Rebecca Turner is Professor of Organizational Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Alliant International University, San Francisco, where she teaches Social Psychology in Organizations, Group Dynamics, Executive Coaching and Self Development, and Organizational Assessment. She applies psychological concepts and principles to organizational challenges. As a consultant to businesses and other organizations, Dr. Turner focuses on the "people side of business", working with individuals and groups to enhance leadership effectiveness. This includes developing stronger working relationships with business partners, resolving conflicts, and facilitating change during organizational and management transitions. Her consultation is particularly sought in the areas of science and technology, medicine, and the professions, such as law, architecture, engineering and other professional service organizations.

Dr. Turner currently serves as Chair of the Division of Industrial/Organizational Psychology for the California Psychological Association (CPA) and is active in two divisions of the American Psychological Association - Division of Consulting Psychology and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). In 2003, Dr. Turner was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the San Francisco Mental Health Board, which elected her as Chair in 2004. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, a non-profit agency.

During the past two decades, Dr. Turner has been a faculty member at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and subsequently California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant where she conducted research on interpersonal relationships and emotion, and their impact on health and risk behaviors. In work that was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, she conducted laboratory research exploring human emotions and oxytocin, the hormone neuroscientists have identified as promoting social attachments. At UCSF, she has been an affiliated faculty member for the postdoctoral program in psychology and medicine, Center for Health and Community, and also co-facilitated professional development groups for medical students. After two years as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, she joined CSPP and served as Director of the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program in San Francisco from 2000 to 2003.