Last year, Turner worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the medical school (2002). He previously was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at Martin (1999-2002) and a consultant to the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium. He continues to work with the group, which is developing mouse models to study neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
Turner has published more than 20 journal articles and abstracts on his research interest, hearing loss. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Sigma Xi research society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb (1997, 1999). He earned his bachelor's degree at Illinois College (IC) in Jacksonville (1995) and was named IC’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2002.
A native of Jacksonville, Turner and his wife, Annette (Raleigh) Turner, have two daughters.