Joseph Turner, Psy.D.
OCD Program Director
Dr. Joseph Turner received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and a Master of Science in forensic psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Turner has been trained extensively in Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Relapse Prevention modalities. His pre-doctoral work included working with patients conditionally released from Atascadero State Hospital, devising and implementing behavioral-change treatment plans in sheltered workshop settings, working in groups with adolescents at Starview Adolescent Center’s Psychiatric Unit, and working with incarcerated adolescents and adults at Central Juvenile Hall and Twin Towers Correctional Facility, respectively.
Dr. Turner conducted research for his Master’s thesis at UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences administering neuropsychological and malingering protocols to investigate sensitivity and specificity of commonly used malingering measures. He also coordinated all aspects of phase I clinical research trials focused on pharmacological treatment for methamphetamine and cocaine addiction at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (aka Semel Institute).
During his doctoral training, Dr. Turner utilized both processed-based and evidence-based modalities working with individuals struggling with severe eating disorders in the Susan Krevoy Eating Disorders program at the Wright Institute Los Angeles. As a post-doc, Dr. Turner provided psychological services for severely mentally ill patients in psychiatric hospitals and board and care facilities throughout Los Angeles County and was trained in manualized Cognitive-Behavioral and Relapse Prevention treatment for violent offenders mandated for treatment post-incarceration.
Dr. Turner is currently an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Antioch University Los Angeles, and Ryokan College where he teaches courses in Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Techniques, and Attachment and Neuroscience. Special consideration is given in his courses to the role of stress throughout the lifespan and its effect on the development and functioning of the limbic system and the pre-frontal cortex. Dr. Turner is also a candidate at the Psychoanalytic Center of California and he maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.