Dr. Franklin Dickerson Turner
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An expert in the fields of urban education and educational psychology, Dr. Franklin Dickerson Turner is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Dr. Turner’s research has a primary focus on his Multicultural Stress Theory, which centers around the emotional and physiological effects of stress on marginalized people due to their exposure to the dominant culture. Dr. Turner also brings considerable professional knowledge in the areas of race, equity, equality, social justice, and issues associated with disenfranchised populations.
A variety of experiences have rooted Dr. Turner in Montclair. He spent his preteen years in town, and received much of his education in Montclair Public Schools. As a parent and educator, he has volunteered his time in various segments of the community: as a Writer’s Room coach at Edgemont Elementary School; as an assistant coach of his daughter’s baseball, basketball and softball teams; as a Montclair High School softball team booster club member; and as a member of the Montclair Public Schools Achievement Gap Advisory Panel.
Dr. Turner earned his B.S. in History from Florida A & M University, his M.A. in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and his Ph.D. in Urban Systems with a specialization in Urban Education and a concentration in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University-Newark. He taught middle school students in the school district of Philadelphia, and has worked extensively in the nonprofit and public service sectors.
Dr. Turner is proud to come from a family of educators, including his mother, who is a retired public school teacher. He is especially proud of his role as the father of a daughter who attends Montclair High School.