Jocelyn O.  Turner-Musa, PhD

Associate Professor & Interim Chair


Jocelyn O. Turner-Musa

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

Dr. Turner-Musa is an Associate Professor and Interim Chairperson of the Department of Psychology.  She joined the Morgan State University faculty in 2001.   Dr. Turner-Musa 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 the Director of the Student Training Core in the Morgan State University ASCEND Biomedical Center for Research. She also served as the Co-Director 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 (2011 – 2013). She was also 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. Recent 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 is currently serving as the Awards Coordinator for APA Division I (General Psychology) and was recently selected to become a member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. 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 Thesis I & II, Prevention Science, Freshman Orientation, and Teaching/Research Assistantship


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