Lindsey Turner, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Lindsey Turner, Ph.D

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Turner is a prevention scientist with primary research interests in the social determinants of health, and a focus on examining the effectiveness and implementation of policies and practices to buffer the impacts of poverty on children’s development. Much of her work is carried out in partnership with K-12 education settings, studying the implementation of evidence-based practices to support students’ physical, emotional, and social well-being as well as academic outcomes. For the past two decades she has conducted research on school nutrition programs, including a number of studies assessing the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and its subsequent impacts on student health, behavior, and academic outcomes. Dr. Turner’s work has been supported by a variety of foundations and federal agencies, including the Institute of Education Sciences, National Institute of Justice, and the US Department of Agriculture. Her methodological approach includes conducting nationally-representative surveys, program evaluations, mixed-methods designs, and a number of randomized controlled trials, including current studies of the effectiveness of strategies to support the implementation of wellness policies and universal prevention practices in schools. In partnership with a variety of community and state agencies, she has also completed several pragmatic evaluations of efforts to transform community health and to increase the use of evidence in policymaking.