Lindsey Turner, PhD

IHRP Research Scientist

Dr. Lindsey Turner is a health psychologist and research scientist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy. Dr. Turner's research background includes work on a number of health promotion projects aimed at children, families, and communities, in the areas of skin cancer prevention, tobacco control, nutrition, and physical activity.

Dr. Turner has a background in health behavior theory, school-based survey and intervention projects, and program evaluation. In her current position, Dr. Turner leads the elementary-school data collection efforts for the RWJF-funded Bridging the Gap program, examining obesity-related policies and practices in public and private elementary schools across the nation.

She holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Washington, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology (with an emphasis in health research and statistics) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Continued Promise of School Breakfast Programs for Improving Academic Outcomes: Breakfast Is Still the Most Important Meal of the Day. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Perceived Reactions of Elementary School Students to Changes in School Lunches After Implementation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s New Meals Standards: Minimal Backlash, but Rural and Socioeconomic Disparities Exist. Childhood Obesity. 2014 Aug;10(4):349-56. [See abstract.]

Nicholson L, Turner L, Schneider L, Chriqui J, Chaloupka F. State farm-to-school laws influence the availability of fruits and vegetables in school lunches at US public elementary schools. J Sch Health. 2014 May;84(5):310-6. [See abstract.]

Hood NE, Turner L, Colabianchi N, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD. Availability of drinking water in US public school cafeterias. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Terry-McElrath YM, Turner L, Sandoval A, Johnston LD, Chaloupka FJ. Commercialism in U.S. elementary and secondary school nutrition environments: trends from 2007 to 2012. Jama Pediatr. 2014 Mar;168(3):234-42. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Withholding recess from elementary school students: policies matter. J Sch Health. 2013 Aug;83(8):533-41. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Turner L, Taber DR, Chaloupka FJ. Association between district and state policies and US public elementary school competitive food and beverage environments. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Aug 1;167(8):714-22. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Classroom parties in United States elementary schools: the potential for policies to reduce student exposure to sugary foods and beverages.
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui J, Chaloupka F. Walking school bus programs in U.S. public elementary schools. J Phys Act Health. 2013 July;10(5):641-645. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Slater SJ, Chaloupka FJ. Support for school-based obesity prevention efforts: attitudes among administrators at nationally representative samples of US elementary schools. Childhood Obesity. 2013 Aug;9(4):311-8. Epub 2013 Jun 15. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Turner L, Taber DR, Chaloupka FJ. Association between district and state policies and US public elementary school competitive food and beverage environments. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 June 10. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Elementary school participation in the United States Department of Agriculture's Team Nutrition Program is associated with more healthful school lunches. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):733-8. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Healthier fundraising in U. S. elementary schools: associations between policies at the state, district, and school levels. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49890. [See abstract.]

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Alliance for a Healthier Generation's competitive beverage and food guidelines: do elementary school administrators know about them and do they report implementing them? J Sch Health. 2012;82(10):469-477. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Food as a reward in the classroom: school district policies are associated with practices in US public elementary schools. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(9):1436-1442. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Slow progress in changing the school food environment: nationally representative results from public and private elementary schools. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Sep;112(9):1380-1389. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chaloupka F. Encouraging trends in student access to competitive beverages in US public elementary schools, 2006-2007 to 2010-2011. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(7):673-675. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ, Slater SJ. Geographic variations in elementary school-based physical activity practices. J Sch Health. 2012;82(7):307-310. [See abstract.]

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Fresh fruit and vegetable program participation in elementary schools in the United States and availability of fruits and vegetables in school lunch meals. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(6):921-926. [See abstract.]

Sandoval A, Turner L, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Tortorelli M, Chaloupka FJ. The relationship among state laws, district policies, and elementary school-based measurement of children's body mass index. J Sch Health. 2012;82(5):239-245. [See abstract.]

Schneider L, Chriqui J, Nicholson L, Turner L, Gourdet C, Chaloupka F. Are farm-to-school programs more common in states with farm-to-school-related laws? J Sch Health. 2012;82(5):210-216. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Turner L, Chaloupka F. The impact of state laws and district policies on physical education and recess practices in a nationally representative sample of US public elementary schools. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(4):311-316. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Students access to competitive foods in elementary schools: trends over time and regional differences. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(2):164-169. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Taber DR, Slater SJ, Turner L, Lowrey KM, Chaloupka FJ. The impact of state safe routes to school-related laws on active travel to school policies and practices in U.S. elementary schools. Health Place. 2012;18(1):8-15. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Wide availability of high-calorie beverages in US elementary schools. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(3):223-228. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ, Chriqui JF, Sandoval A. School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results, School Years 2006–07 and 2007–08. Chicago: Bridging the Gap Program, Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010. [See executive summary.]

Sterling KL, Mermelstein R, Turner L, Diviak K, Flay B, Shiffman S. Examining the psychometric properties and predictive validity of a youth-specific version of the Nicotine Dependence Syndrome Scale (NDSS) among teens with varying levels of smoking. Addict Behav. 2009;34(6-7):616-619. [See abstract.]

Turner LR, Mermelstein R, Hitsman B, Warnecke RB. Social support as a moderator of the relationship between recent history of depression and smoking cessation among lower-educated women. Nicotine Tob Res. 2008;10(1):201-212.

Mermelstein R, Turner L. Web-based support as an adjunct to group-based smoking cessation for adolescents. Nicotine Tob Res. 2006;8(Suppl 1):S69-76.

Wahl SK, Turner LR, Mermelstein RJ, Flay BR. Adolescents' smoking expectancies: psychometric properties and prediction of behavior change. Nicotine Tob Res. 2005;7(4):613-623.

Turner LR, Mermelstein RJ. Psychosocial characteristics associated with sun protection practices among parents of young children. J Behav Med. 2005;28(1):77-90.

Turner LR, Veldhuis CB, Mermelstein R. Adolescent smoking: are infrequent and occasional smokers ready to quit? Subst Use Misuse. 2005;40(8):1127-1137.

Turner LR, Mermelstein R. Motivation and reasons to quit: predictive validity among adolescent smokers. Am J Health Behav. 2004;28(6):542-550.