“If you are seeking one of the best Forensic Psychologists in the country, this is the man you want. We’ve done conjoint training, conjoint research, and I’ve reviewed clinical work he has done on criminal cases. Excellent in all categories.” 
— Jim Tanner, PhD, President KBSolutions Inc., Recipient of the American Probation and Parole Association Lifetime Contribution Award

Dr. Turner received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Forensic Psychology from Sam Houston State University.  He has published numerous research articles and book chapters on risk assessment of sex offenders, risk assessment tools, child sex offender and victim behaviors, risk assessment of child pornography offenders, and juror perceptions and decision making in sex offense cases.  He worked for a period of time at the United States Penitentiary at Pollock, Louisiana, in the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a staff psychologist.  Currently, Dr. Turner is in private practice.  He works throughout the nation as an expert witness for attorneys in various state and Federal Courts and as a consultant with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on the topics of victim behavior in child sex offenses (e.g., reasons for delays in disclosure, reasons why victims may appear “attached” to their offenders) as well as offender characteristics such as grooming of child victims, self-grooming, grooming of the environment, assessment, and detection.  He has been an invited presenter at conferences and trainings across the United States and internationally, and he is a frequent consultant to various media outlets.  Agencies with which he has consulted include the FBI, NCIS, United States Marine Corps, and Department of Homeland Security.  Prior to graduate school, Dr. Turner worked in an undercover capacity during sex offense and narcotics investigations with local law enforcement in Louisiana.  In addition to sex offender risk assessments, Dr. Turner has worked in conjunction with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) to assess investigators and attorneys who work daily in the field of child pornography and child molestation offenses to assess for burnout and secondary trauma.  He also conducts various other court-related evaluations such as Competency to Stand Trial, Competency to Proceed to Trial, Sanity at the Time of the Offense, Child Custody Evaluations, Violence Risk Assessments, and evaluations to determine mitigating mental health factors in offenders.  Dr. Turner also performs general diagnostic testing (e.g., personality, intelligence) in conjunction with other mental health practitioners. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level classes as an adjunct professor in two University Psychology Departments on the subject of Ethical Principles in Forensic Evaluations, General Ethical Principles in Psychology, Psychological/Criminal Profiling, and Statistical Methods in Psychological Research. He also provides APA accredited supervision for practicum students and pre-doctoral interns in his private practice.