Dr Alyna Turner

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Dr Alyna Turner joined the Centre in January 2010. She studied psychology at the University of Newcastle and is a registered clinical psychologist, having worked clinically in community cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation and liaison psychiatry. At the University of Newcastle she also contributed to a number of trials of psychological interventions for comorbid conditions (mental health, substance misuse, and/or physical health conditions) as a treatment therapist, therapy supervisor, outcomes assessor, trial coordinator and investigator.

Once at the Centre, Dr Turner expanded her research with people with both cardiac conditions and stroke survivors, developing a collaboration with staff at the Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She also trained health professionals in counselling skills, motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, chronic disease self-management and depression screening and management.
 
In 2013 Dr Turner commenced work with Deakin University, expanding her research expertise to pharmacological interventions. She is working as a trial coordinator and investigator on multi-site clinical trials of novel therapies for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and methamphetamine dependence.