Shelbie G. Turner, MPH

Shelbie G. Turner, MPH

Ph.D. Student

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Academic interests: 

The underlying question that threads all of Shelbie’s work together is: “How do thoughts about the future shape behaviors in the present?”

Currently, she is studying how intergenerational relationships shape middle-aged people’s thoughts about who they may be in old age and, in turn, how those thoughts motivate them to prepare for their own age-related change.

Her dissertation study – titled the ACHIEVE (Assessing Caregiver Health In Everyday Contexts) Study – analyzes how women who are caring for parents with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia think about their own aging processes and how those thoughts shape their pursuit of personally-identified physical activity goals.

You can learn more about Shelbie’s research projects here:

Other research interests include:

  • Intergenerational relationships, especially intergenerational caregiving of older adults
  • Anticipating and transitioning into old age; possible selves; goal pursuit
  • Social cognition; views on age and aging; self-perceptions of aging
  • Women’s aging
  • Disparities in health behavior and health outcomes
  • Developmental methodology, especially intraindividual variability


Journal Article

S. Turner, Settersten, R. A., and Hooker, K., Considering Gender Within the Four Theoretical Domains of Subjective Age, Innovation in Aging, vol. 4, no. Supplement_1, pp. 556 - 556, 2020.


Book Chapter

S. Turner and Hooker, K., Possible Selves Theory, in Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019, pp. 1 - 6.

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