Dr. Bulent Turan


Assistant Professor

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Other information:
Bulent TuranContact Information:

Email: bturanb@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 975 9433
Fax: (205) 975 6110


B.S. Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, Mechanical Engineering
M.A. Loyola College in Maryland, Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. Stanford University, Social-Personality Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco, Health Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Research Program:

Dr. Turan’s research examines the mechanisms underlying the relationship between social bonds and well-being across the life-span. One area of focus is understanding how people use (or do not use) supportive relationships effectively at times of stress and how this affects emotional and physical health. A second area of focus is the effects of negative social evaluation on psychological and physical well-being (particularly the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and cortisol reactivity). Current projects involve laboratory stress procedures to specify the mechanisms underlying the cortisol and testosterone response in older and younger adults. These studies generally use the Trier Social Stress Test in the laboratory and aim to understand the role of threats to social dominance on hormonal reactivity. Such reactivity is hypothesized to be an important determinant of chronic emotional (as well as physical) health problems. Other projects apply the construct of fear of negative evaluation to the context of HIV/AIDS to examine the effects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination among persons living with HIV.

Representative Publications:

Turan, B., Goldstein, M. K., Garber, A. M., & Carstensen, L. L. (in press). Knowing loved ones’ end-of-life health care wishes: Attachment security predicts caregivers’ accuracy. Health Psychology.

Carstensen, L. L., Turan, B., Scheibe, S., Ram, N., Ersner-Hershfield, H., Samanez-Larkin, G. R., Brooks, K. P., & Nesselroade, J. R. (2011). Emotional experience improves with age: Evidence based on over 10 years of experience sampling. Psychology and Aging, 26, 21-33.

Turan, B., & Horowitz, L. M. (2010). The motive for support and the identification of responsive partners. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 342 - 352.

Turan, B., & Vicary, A. M. (2010). Who recognizes and chooses behaviors that are best for a relationship? The separate roles of knowledge, attachment, and motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 119-131.

Turan, B., & Horowitz, L. M. (2007). Can I count on you to be there for me? Individual differences in a knowledge structure. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 447-465.

Turan, B., Osar, Z., Turan, J., Damci, T. & Ilkova, H. (2003). Dismissing attachment and outcome in diabetes: The mediating role of coping. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 22, 607-626..