Sandra Turner

Sandra Turner headshot

Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Women and Girls
Phone: 212-636-6622
Email: [email protected]
Office: Lincoln Center 726D
Fordham Westchester

  • BA, Northwestern

    MSW, Fordham

    PhD, Rutgers

  • Substance abuse


    Adolescent Hispanic females

  • Sandra Turner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Dr. Turner has been on the faculty since 1990. She was the Academic Associate Dean from 2004-2014. She has taught both Foundation and Advanced classes as well as Field Integrative seminars, and was chair of the Foundation area from 1998-2004. Dr. Turner was co-director (1990-1994) of a 5-year $2 million grant to identify practice principles in the prevention of adolescent substance abuse. She was instrumental in developing the first Fordham summer study program in London. (2007). She has been a member and co-director of the Institute for Women and Girls since its founding in 2003. 

    Starting in 2004, Dr. Turner has been a consultant and director of Mentoring Latinas Program, a mentoring program that serves middle and high school Latinas in the Bronx. Mentors are Fordham undergrad Latinas. In 2019 she was awarded the Latino Social Work Coalition Leadership Award. She served on the Fahs-Beck Research committee for many years as well as being co-president of the Affilia board. Her areas of research are women and depression, sexual abuse, substance abuse prevention, feminism, and empowerment. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters on these topics.

  • Turner, S.G., Strand, V., Bliss, S, Sacristan, D (2019).  How well-prepared are graduating clinical social work students in clinical competencies.  Clinical  Social Work Journal. 47 (1), 113-123.   

    Maschi, T. Turner, S.G., Dewan, S.E., Hintentash, A., (2021). Empowerment theory.  In Theoretical Perspectives for Direct Social Work Practice: A Generalist-Eclectic Approach.  Bolton K., Hall, C., & Lehmann, P, Eds.  New York, Springer.

    Maschi, T., Turner, S.G., Dewan, S., Kaye, A.  (2022).  Feminist and empowerment theory and practice: A powerful alliance.  In Rethinking Feminist Theories for Social Work Practice.  Cocker, C. & Hafford-Letchfield, T. Eds. UK: Palgrave.

    Maschi, T., Dewan, S., Turner, S.G., Kaye, A. Hintenach, A., (2022). Caring Justice worldwide: A guide to co-creating compassionate, safe, and healthy communities.  In Behavioral Science in the Global Arena.  Congress, E,, Takooshian, H., & Asper, A., Eds.  

    Maschi, T., Dewan, S., Turner, S.G., Christie, P. (2022).  The global rise of feminist Practice theory.  In Social Work Theory and Ethics.  Ideas in Practice. Holscher, D., Hugman, R. & McAuliffe, D. (Eds.  London: Springer Nature.

    Dewan, S.E., Turner, S.G., Goldstein, R., Maschi, T.  (2023).  Women’s and girl’s rights are human rights.  In Human Rights and Social Justice. Cox, C. & Maschi T., Eds.  New York: Routledge.