College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Sherri Turner

  • Professor

Sherri Turner

Areas of interest

  • Methods and factors that facilitate the career development of underrepresented and urban adolescents
  • Native American STEM career development
  • Counseling/counseling psychology research
  • Current: Pandemic-related research

PhD, University of Missouri – Columbia, counseling psychology
MDiv, Oral Roberts University, divinity
MA, Oral Roberts University, counseling
BA, Oral Roberts University, systematic and historical theology
AT, Okla. State U. School of Tech. Trng., Data Processing


Research on how to help young people successfully pursue those careers that are both personally satisfying and critical to the well-being of their communities and society at large cannot be limited to one issue or one factor. Instead, successful career development must rely on the holistic examination of those factors and the interrelationships among them that shape young people’s environments and influence their abilities to proactively pursue their career dreams.

Awards/committees and former committees

  • Board of Regents' American Indian Policy Consultation Group
  • Faculty Resource Teacher, UMN Center for Educational Innovation
  • President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award
  • CEHD Multicultural & Diversity Committee Chair

Professional memberships/affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology)
  • American Psychological Association: Society for Vocational Psychology
  • Minnesota Psychological Association
  • CCPTP (Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs)
  • American School Counselor Association
  • National Career Development Association
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Current and previous editorial boards

  • Career Development Quarterly
  • Journal of Career Development
  • Journal of Counseling Psychology
  • The Counseling Psychologist
  • Professional School Counseling


  • Associate Editor for Research, Professional School Counseling

Turner, S. L., Lee, H., Jackson, A. P., Smith, S., Mason-Chagil, G., & Jacobs, S. C. (2020). Examining the Career Self-Management Model among Native American Students with STEM career goals. Journal of Career Development.

Turner, S. L., & Pope, M. (in press). Career psychology and work in the Native American context. In B. Walsh, L. Y. Flores, P. Hartung, F. Leong, & M. Savickas (Eds.). Career psychology. American Psychological Association.

Turner, S. L. (in press). Native American clients and families. In D. G. Hays & B. T. Erford (Eds.), Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence (4th ed.). Pearson.

Conkel-Ziebell, J., Gushue, G. V., & Turner, S. L. (2019). Anticipation of Racism and Sexism: Factors Related to Setting Career Goals for Urban Youth of Color. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Turner, S. L., Joeng, J. R., Sims, M. D., Dade, S. N., Froman Reid, M. (2019). SES, gender, and STEM career interests, goals, and actions: A test of SCCT. Journal of Career Assessment, 27, 134-150. doi:10.1177%2F1069072717748665

Turner, S. L., & Mason-Chagil, G., Joeng, J. R., Conkel-Ziebell, J. L., Dade, S. N., & Kim, Y. H. (2019). College readiness counseling to promote Native American adolescents’ college aspirations: The Integrated Conceptual Model of Student Success. Professional School Counseling, 22, 1-10. doi:10.1177/2156759X18816671

Conkel-Ziebell, J., Turner, S. L., & Gushue, G. (2018). Testing an integrative contextual career development model with adolescents from high-poverty urban areas. Career Development Quarterly, 66, 220-232. doi:10.1002/cdq.12144

Joeng, J. R., Turner, S. L., Kim, E. Y., Seung, A. C., Kim, J. K., & Lee, Y. J. (2017). Data for Korean college students’ anxious and avoidant attachment, self-compassion, anxiety and depression. Data in Brief, 13, 316-319. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2017.06.006

Joeng, J. R., Turner, S. L., Kim, E. Y., Choi, S. A., Kim, J. K. (2017). Insecure attachment and emotional distress: Fear of self-compassion and self-compassion as mediators. Personality and Individual Differences, 112, 6-11. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.048

Joeng, J. R., & Turner, S. L. (2015). Mediators between self-criticism and depression: Fear of compassion, self-compassion, and importance to others. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 453-463. doi:10.1037/cou0000071

Joeng, J. R., Turner, S. L., & Lee, K. H. (2013). South Korean college students' Holland Types and career compromise processes. Career Development Quarterly, 61, 64-73. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2013.00036.x

Selected book chapters

Turner, S. L. (2014). The educational and career values of Native American adolescents: Dispelling the myths. In M. Pope, L. Y. Flores, & P. J. Rottinghaus (Eds.), The role of values in careers (pp. 27-37). Charlotte, NC: Info. Age.

Turner, S. L., Conkel, J., & Saner, R. (2013). Counseling clients with work-based challenges. In D. Blustein (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the psychology of working (pp. 233-251). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199758791.013.0014

Lapan, R. T., Turner, S. L., & Pierce, M. E. (2012). College and career readiness: Policy and research to support effective counseling in schools. In N. A. Fouad, J. A. Carter, & L. M. Subich (Eds.), APA handbook of counseling psychology (pp. 57-73). Washington, D.C.: American Psych. Association. doi:10.1037/13755-003


Turner, S. L., Mason-Chagil, G., Jacobs, S. C., Colston, N., Johnson, S., & Patzkowsky, K. (August 2019). Correlates of Native American engineering students’ career interests and efficacy: A test of SCCT. Poster session to be presented at the American Psychological Association 127th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Colston, N., Turner, S. L., Johnson, S., Jacobs, S. C., Mason-Chagil, G. (2019, June). Exploring the career thinking of Native American engineering students. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education. Tampa, FL.

Turner, S. L., Jackson, A., Smith, S., Jacobs, S. C., Lee, H. S., & Mason-Chagil, G. (2019, January). Predictors of STEM interests among Native American college students: New insights. Poster session presented at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit; Denver, CO.

Turner, S. L., Jacobs, S. C., Mason-Chagil, G., Bellcourt, M., Smay, J., Colston, N., & Johnson, S. (2018, October). Factors that influence Native Americans’ interests and aspirations for engineering faculty positions. Colloquium conducted at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.

Conkel-Ziebell, J. L., Turner, S. L., & Gushue, G. V. (2018, August). Testing the Integrative Contextual Model among high poverty urban adolescents. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association 126th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Conkel-Ziebell, J. L., Gushue, G. V., & Turner, S. L. (2018, August). Anticipation of racism and sexism at work and factors related to career goal choice for urban youth of color. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association 126th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Turner, S. L., Joeng, J. R., Mason-Chagil, G., Conkel-Ziebell, J. L., Dade, S. N., & Kim, Y. H. (2018, August). Predictors of college enrollment intentions among Native American youth. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association 126th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Turner, S. L., Lapan, R. T., Bobeck, B. (2017, June). Promoting the joy of working through the Integrative Contextual Model of Career Development. In P. Rottinghaus (Chair), The Joy of Working. Symposium conducted at the National Career Development Association Global Conference, Orlando, FL. Sponsored by APA’s Society for Vocational Psychology.

Turner, S. L., Hammond, M., & Lapan, R. T. (2017, June). Promoting the participation of women & minorities in science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM). Poster session presented at the National Career Development Association Global Conference, Orlando, FL.