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
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. Distinguished Service Award 2018 Joan Turner
Current Teaching (Sabbatical July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019)
Observation and Documentation in Child and Youth Study CHYS 2204
Supporting Child Well-Being CHYS 3323
Psychosocial Care of Children, Youth and Families in Health Care Settings CHYS 4423
Recent Publications and Presentations
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.
Book Chapters (Edited)
Turner, J. Children and Young People in Radiology in K. Gross (Ed). Advanced Practice and Leadership in Radiology Nursing. Springer-Nature Publisher. (Submitted)
Turner, J. (2018) Theoretical foundations of Child Life in Richard H. Thompson (Ed.), Handbook of Child Life. 2nd Edition. C. C. Thomas: IL. Pp. 34-54.
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. Pp. 19-37.
Natalie Houser, Jane Cawley, Angela M Kolen, Daniel Rainham, Laurene Rehman, Joan Turner, Sara FL Kirk, and Michelle R Stone (accepted). A loose parts randomized controlled trial to promote active outdoor play in preschool-aged children: Physical Literacy in the Early Years (PLEY) project. Methods and Protocols.
Stone, MR, Houser N, CawleyJ, Kolen A, Rainham D, Rehman L, Turner J, Kirk S. Accelerometry-measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour of preschoolers in Nova Scotia, Canada. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 0, 0, https://doi.org/10.1139
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.
Department of Education and Early Child Development: Early Years Centre Nova Scotia Evaluation Reports https://www.ednet.ns.ca/earlyyears/earlyyears_centres.shtml
Turner, J. (August, 2019). Shouldn’t we be doing something more important than playing? Pedagogical Talk: European Association of Early Childhood Education Research Association, Thesaalonki, Greece
Turner, J., Cawley, J., Kirk, S. & Stone, M. (August, 2019). Affordances of wooden planks invite children’s movement during outdoor play. Presentation: European Association of Early Childhood Education Research Association, Thesaalonki, Greece
Turner, J. & Dempsey, V. (2018).Thematic Analysis of Children’s Health Care Play. Healthy Living, Healthy Life conference, September 19-21, 2018, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
Turner, J., Cawley, J., Richard, B., Kirk, S. & Stone, M. (2018) Early Childhood Education: Need for Collaborative Outdoor Play Learning Strategies. Healthy Living, Healthy Life conference, September 19-21, 2018, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS