During his graduate school and internship years, he focused
on work with children with attention-deficit hyperactivity
disorder and other disruptive behavior disorders.
“In addition to getting broad experience, you have to
have some sort of niche you can call your specialty and
you love so you can market yourself,” he says. “[Work
with] young kids is a needed area, and I was able to market
At VCU, Turner provides psychotherapy to children and
adolescents and is conducting research on how attitudes
and stigma influence minority children’s use of mental
health services. His first challenge, however, is tackling the
paperwork that will allow his services to be covered by
insurance. “The administrative part is definitely new,” he
says. “It takes a lot of work.”
Throughout the transition, Turner says he was lucky
to have financial and emotional support from his family,
connections to other early career psychologists and support
from the National Register of Health Service Providers in
Psychology, which helped him transfer his license across
states. “If you don’t know that you want to live in a certain
area for the rest of your life, you have to be prepared for
that transition,” he says. “You don’t think about that as a
graduate student.” n
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