Associate Professor
Campbell Hall 333
(205) 975-9433 

Research Interests: Effects of negative social evaluation on biological markers of health, stress, HPA Axis (cortisol) functioning, and testosterone, effects of interpersonal processes on health, HIV-related stigma and discrimination, social support

Bulent TuranOffice Hours: By appointment

  • BS, Bogazici University, Mechanical Engineering with Honors
  • MA, Loyola College, Clinical Psychology
  • PhD, 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Turan’s research examines the mechanisms underlying the relationship between social bonds and well-being. 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 hormonal responses including cortisol, testosterone, and alpha amylase reactivity).

Current projects involve laboratory stress procedures to specify the mechanisms underlying hormone responses. These studies generally use the Trier Social Stress Test and other laboratory procedures, and aim to understand the role of negative evaluation and social support 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.
  • Guo, J., & Turan, B. (in press). Preferences for social support during social evaluation: The role of worry about a relationship partner’s negative evaluation. The Journal of Social Psychology.
  • 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.
  • Turan, B., Stringer, K. L., Onono, M., Bukusi, E. A., Weiser, S. D., Cohen, C. R., & Turan, J. M. (2014). Linkage to HIV Care Predicts Lower Postpartum Depression Symptoms and Lower HIV-related Stigma in Pregnant Women Living with HIV. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14, 400.
  • Bedgood, D., Boggiano, M. M., & Turan, B. (2014). Testosterone response to social evaluative stress: The moderating role of basal cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 47, 107-115.
  • Turan, J. M., Hatcher, A. H., Medema-Wijnveen, J., Onono, M., Miller, S., Bukusi, E. A., Turan, B., & Cohen, C. R. (2012). Effects of HIV-related stigma on utilization of skilled childbirth services in rural Kenya: A prospective mixed-methods study. PLoS Medicine, 9, e1001295. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001295.
  • 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.