Brianna Turner

Brianna Turner
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2015 (Simon Fraser University) joined department in 2016


On leave until Oct. 2019

Office: COR A276

My research focuses on understanding when and why some people engage in risky or self-damaging behaviors, including non-suicidal self-injury, suicidal behaviors, disordered eating, substance abuse, and aggression. I use longitudinal and micro-longitudinal (e.g., daily diaries; ecological momentary assessment) methods to understand the emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal contingencies that influence these behaviors as they unfold over hours, days, months and years. The goal of this research is to improve our ability to predict and prevent self-damaging behaviors.

Clinically, I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My clinical work focuses on helping adolescents and adults learn to effectively manage emotions, relationships, and risky behaviors. I have extensive experience in the delivery of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as in the assessment and management of suicidal behavior.


  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Dialectical behavior therapy

Representative publications

Turner, B. J., Wakefield, M., A., Gratz, K. L., & Chapman, A. L. (in press). Characterizing interpersonal difficulties among young adults who engage in nonsuicidal self-injury using a daily diary. Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2016.07.001

Turner, B. J., Cobb, R. J., Gratz, K. L., & Chapman, A. L. (2016). The role of interpersonal conflict and perceived social support in nonsuicidal self-injury in daily life. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(4), 588-598. doi: 10.1037/abn0000141

Turner, B. J., Yiu, A., Layden, B. K., Claes, L., Zaitsoff, S. L., & Chapman, A. L. (2015). Temporal relationships between disordered eating and non-suicidal self-injury: Examining symptom overlap over one year. Behavior Therapy, 46(1), 125-138. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2014.09.002

Turner, B. J., Claes, L., Wilderjans, T. F., Pauwels, E., Dierckx, E., Chapman, A. L., & Schoevaerts, K. (2014). Personality profiles in eating disorders: Further evidence of the clinical utility of examining subtypes based on temperament. Psychiatry Research, 219(1), 157-165. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.04.036 

Turner, B. J., Layden, B. K., Butler, S. M., & Chapman, A. L. (2013). How often, or how many ways: Clarifying the relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 17(4), 397-415. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2013.802660

Turner, B. J., Chapman, A. L., & Layden, B. K. (2012). Intrapersonal and interpersonal functions of non-suicidal self-injury: Associations with emotional and social functioning. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42, 36-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00069.x