Turner GoinsTurner Goins was the previous Associate Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research.  Turner has worked in the field of gerontology since 1989. She earned an MS and PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed an NIA post-doctoral research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center’s Center for Aging and Human Development.

My Research     

I specialize in American Indian aging issues including physical functioning,  family caregiving, comorbidity, access and use of long-term care, and health promotion interventions.  I also focus on community-based participatory research in both rural and American Indian communities.

I am a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and have published over 50 research papers.  I’m currently working on 4 funded research projects, including:

  • PI: CDC Healthy Aging Research Network – subcontract from WVU
  • PI: College of Public Health & Human Sciences Pacific Source Healthy Life Research Initiative (“Adaptation and Implementation of Fit and Strong! in a Pacific Northwest American Indian Tribe”)
  • Co-I (with Carolyn Mendez-Luck as PI and Jeff Bethel as Co-I): OSU General Research Fund (“Facilitators and Barriers to Healthy Living in Oregon: Perspectives from American Indian and Latino Adults”)
  • PI of contract from OHA: CDC Arthritis grant – disseminating Walk with Ease via Oregon Extension

I’m also on the editorial board for The Gerontologist and serves on the board of directors for the Center for Native Health and the International Association for Indigenous Aging, and is a faculty mentor for the Native Elder Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver.