Jocelyn O.  Turner-Musa, PhD

Associate Professor & Interim Chair


Jocelyn O. Turner-MusaPh.D.   Social Psychology, Howard University 

M.S.    Social Psychology, Howard University
B.A.     Psychology, The University of North Florida 

Dr. Turner-Musa is an Associate Professor and Interim Chairperson of the Department of Psychology.  Dr. Turner-Musa joined the Morgan State University faculty in 2001.   She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology from Howard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Mental Health Services from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Turner-Musa is a faculty affiliate of the  Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program awarded to the Kennedy Krieger Institute and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She served as the Principal Investigator of the Morgan State University Undergraduate Training Program in Prevention Science funded by the National Institute of Mental Health from 2002 - 2008.

Her research focuses on understanding the role of psychological and social factors on disease management and health promotion. Research includes examining shared family religious/spiritual beliefs on psychological outcomes of African Americans with end-stage renal disease as well as examining the role of religiosity, spirituality, and social support on health behaviors of African American college students. Dr. Turner-Musa’s recent publications are included in the Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Drug Education, and the American Journal of Health Behavior

 Dr. Turner-Musa is a member of several professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council on Undergraduate Research. She also served as a member of the Morgan State University Institutional Review Board (IRB). Dr. Turner-Musa has received numerous awards including an American Fellows Award from the American Association of University Women, a Minority Fellowship Program award from the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, and the Morgan State University School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Deans Award for Outstanding Research.

Area of Specialization:  undergraduate research training and development; health disparities;  prevention science

Courses Taught:  General Psychology, Scientific Methods, Health Psychology, Senior Seminar I & II, Prevention Science


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