Bulent Turan.

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CH 333
(205) 975-9433

Research Interests: Stigma and other psycho-social factors in living with HIV; Effects of stress and negative social evaluation on biological markers of health, social support, and attachment security

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Bogazici University, Mechanical Engineering with Honors
  • M.A., Loyola College, Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Social-Personality Psychology
  • Postdoc, University of California, San Francisco, Health Psychology

Bulent Turan examines the mechanisms underlying the relationship between social bonds and well-being. Other projects examine the effects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination among persons living with HIV.

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Research Interests

Dr. Turan’s research focuses on psychosocial influences on health and health disparities across the life span in two main areas:

  1. Psycho-social Factors in Living with HIV: Dr. Turan examines how HIV-related stigma and discrimination — as well as other psycho-social factors — affect people living with HIV and people at risk for HIV. He also examines intersecting stigmas due to race, gender, sexual orientation, and poverty in order to understand and address disparities in physical and psychological health outcomes. His research includes biomarkers of stress (hair, blood, and saliva samples for cortisol and alpha amylase) and immune markers.
  2. Negative and Positive Effects of Social Relationships: Dr. Turan examines the mechanisms underlying the association between social bonds and well-being. These include effects of social support and negative social evaluation on psychological and physical well-being (particularly hormonal responses including cortisol, testosterone, and alpha amylase reactivity).
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Research Lab

Students of the Social Science Research Laboratory. The Social Science Research Laboratory is broadly interested in the impact of social bonds on human health and well-being. Currently, the lab is measuring the effects of stigma and discrimination on disease progression and medical adherence in populations living with or at risk for HIV.

The lab is proud of its commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to solving social and health issues, drawing on theory and methodologies from diverse fields such as psychology, neuroscience, public health, anthropology, and peace and conflict studies. The lab aims to blaze new trails in understanding the complex interactions between individuals’ social context and their health and well-being.

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* Indicates student/mentee author.

  • *Rice, W. S., *Burnham, K., Mugavero, M. J., Raper, J. L., *Atkins, G. C., & Turan, B. (2017). Association between Internalized HIV-related Stigma and HIV Visit Adherence. JAIDS, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 76, 482-487.
  • Turan, B., *Hatcher, A.M., Weiser, S. D., Johnson, M., *Smith, W., & Turan, J. M. (2017). Framing Mechanisms Linking HIV-Related Stigma, Adherence to Treatment, and Health Outcomes. American Journal of Public Health, 107, 863-869.
  • *Seghatol-Eslami, V. C., *Dark, H. E., Raper, J. L., Mugavero, M. J., Turan, J.M., & Turan, B. (2017). Interpersonal and intrapersonal factors as parallel independent mediators in the association between internalized HIV stigma and ART adherence. JAIDS, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 74, e18-e22.
  • Turan, B., Budhwani, H., *Fazeli, P., *Browning, W. R., Raper, J. L., Mugavero, M. J., & Turan, J. M. (2017). How does stigma affect people living with HIV? The mediating roles of internalized and anticipated HIV stigma in the effects of perceived community stigma on health and psychosocial outcomes. AIDS & Behavior, 21, 1451-1455. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-016-1451-5.
  • Turan, B., *Smith, W., Cohen, M. H., Wilson, T. E., Adimora, A. A., Merenstein, D., et al. (2016). Mechanisms for the negative effects of internalized HIV-related stigma on ART adherence in women: The roles of social isolation and depression. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 72(2), 198-205.
  • Turan, B., *Fazeli, P., Raper, J. L., Mugavero, M. J., & Johnson, M. O. (2016). Social support and moment-to-moment changes in treatment self-efficacy in men living with HIV: Psychosocial moderators and clinical outcomes. Health Psychology, 35, 1126-1134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000356.
  • Turan, B., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J., Wallace, B. A., Cullen, M., Rosenberg, E. L., Jennings, P., Ekman, P., & Kemeny, M. (2015). Anticipatory Sensitization to Repeated Stressors: The Role of Initial Cortisol Reactivity and Meditation/emotion Skills Training. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52, 229-238.