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Associate Professor

Education

PhD. (2002) University of Missouri – Columbia Human Development and Family Studies

MSc. (1986) University of Manitoba, Human Ecology (Family Studies)

BA. (1982) University of Winnipeg, Sociology

Certification

Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Association of Child Life Professionals

Association of Child Life Professionals Distinguished Service Award 2018

Since 1988, the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) has honored the child life profession’s outstanding leaders and pioneers with the annual Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor presented by the ACLP Board of Directors, recognizing exceptional members for outstanding contributions to the field of child life.

Teaching

  • Observation and Documentation in Child and Youth Study
  • Psychosocial Care of Children, Youth and Families in Health Care Settings
  • Issues of Childhood
  • Introduction to Child and Youth Study 

Research

Kirk SFL, Heath S, McIsaac JL, Summers M, Turner J, Aston M, Hughes J, Kuhle S, Le Blanc J, Mann L, Price S, Rossiter M. Evaluation of Early Years Centres in Nova Scotia, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation and the Province of Nova Scotia.

J. Turner & C. Brown (2014). The Pips of Child Life: Early Play Programs in Hospitals

J. Turner & C. Brown (in progress). The Pips of Child Life: The Middle Years of Play in Hospitals

J. Turner Perceptions of Emotional Quality in ECE (in progress)

Select Publications

Turner, J. & Brown, C. (2016). Pips of Child Life: The Middle Years of Play Programs in Hospitals. Kendall Hunt Publishers: IA.

Turner, J. & Brown, C. (2014). Pips of Child Life: The Early Years of Play Programs in Hospitals. Kendall Hunt Publishers: IA.

Turner, J. Theoretical foundations of Child Life in Richard H. Thompson (Ed.), Handbook of Child Life.  2nd Edition. (2018). C. C. Thomas: IL.

Turner, J. & Dempsey, V. (2017). Preschooler’s Health Care Play: Children Demonstrating their Health Literacy. In L. Rubin Medical Play Therapy and Child Life: Clinical Interventions for Children and Adolescents. New York: Routledge.

Turner, J. (2009). Theoretical foundations of child life in Thompson, R. H. (1st.Ed.), Handbook of Child Life. C. C. Thomas: IL.

Houser, NE., Roach, L., Stone, MR., Turner, J., & Kirk, SFL. (2016). Let the children play: Scoping review on the implementation and use of loose parts for promoting physical activity participation. AIMS Public Health, 3 (4): 781-799.

Turner, J. & Fralic, J. (2009). Making explicit the implicit: Child Life Specialists talk about their assessment process. Child and Youth Care Forum, 38 (1) 39-54.

Turner, J. & French, C. (2009). Parents’ Experience Caring for Young Children with Minor Illness: An Ecological Perspective. Canadian Children, 34 (1), 13-20.

Turner, J., Fralic, J., Newman-Bennett, K. & Skinner, L. (2009). Everybody needs a break: Responses to a playgarden survey. Pediatric Nursing 35 (1), 27-34.

Turner, J. (2006). Representations of illness, injury and health in children’s picture books. Children’s Health Care, 35 (2), 179-189.

Turner, J. (2005). A place for attachment theory in child life programming: The potential to assess the quality of parent-child relationships. Child and Youth Care Forum, 34 (3), 195-207. 


Recent Professional Contributions: Child Life

Turner, J. (2018). Connecting past to present practices, ACLP Bulletin, 36 (1), 53.

Turner, J. (2017). Cassettes and contents: Human needs and political realities, 1978, ACLP Bulletin, 35 (2), 44.

Turner, J. (2017). Managing relationships with special interest groups: whose needs are being met? ACLP Bulletin,35 (3), 56.

Turner, J. (2015). X is for X-Box: Premium Entertainment or Psychological Nourishment? Child Life Council Bulletin, 32 (3), 1/10.


External Grants Awarded

Turner, J., McIsaac, JL, McLean, C., & Harkins, MJ (2017). Addressing the achievement gap through pre-primary: Exploring families’ experiences and future workforce expectations to support implementation. Inter University Research Network

Kirk SFL, Heath S, McIsaac JL, Summers M, Turner J, Aston M, Hughes J, Kuhle S, Le Blanc J, Mann L, Price S, Rossiter M. Evaluation of Early Years Centres in Nova Scotia, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation and the Province of Nova Scotia.

Kirk SFL and Stone M. Can loose parts foster unstructured, self-directed, risky outdoor play? Lawson Foundation Grant (Collaborator).

*Kirk SFL, *McIsaac JLD, Aston M, Hughes J, Kuhle S, Leblanc J, Mann L, Price S, Rossiter M, Smith I, Turner J. Building research capacity in Nova Scotia through the early years centre evaluation. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and LesLois Shaw Foundation, Research Enterprise Development Initiative, Catalyst Grant.

*Munroe E, * Hughes J, *McIsaac JLD, Aston M, Kirk SFL, Melanson S, Price S, Rossiter M, Turner J. Redressing the Achievement Gap through Early Social Emotional Learning: Building a Foundation with Early Childhood Educators in a Professional Learning Community. Funding: $40,000 Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Inter-university Research Network.

*Kirk SFL, *McIsaac JLD, Aston M, Hughes J, Kuhle S, Leblanc J, Mann L, Price S, Rossiter M, Smith I, Turner J. Developing a research agenda for early childhood development in Nova Scotia. Funding: $10,000 Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Research Enterprise Development Initiative, Team Development Grant. Duration: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016.


Current Teaching 2017 – 2018 – 2019

CHYS 2204 Observation and Documentation in Child and Youth Study

CHYS 4423 Psychosocial Care of Children, Youth and Families in Health Care Settings

GCYS 6013 Intervention and Evaluation for Children and Youth


Current Thesis Supervision Topics

(2018) The Influence of Playing Different Types of Video Games on Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills on Undergraduate Students

(2018) Conversations that Matter: Child and Youth Study Students’ Perspectives on the Professional Status of Early Childhood Education

(2018) Early Interventionists Perceptions of Applied Behavior Analysis for Pre-School Aged Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

(2018) The Experiences of Dual-Certification: Examining the Practice of Dual-Certified Child Life Specialists and Art therapists