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Janet E. Turner, Ph.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2650
Jan Turner is the director of the Speech-Language and Assistive Technology Department at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She also holds faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University, including an assistant professorship in the physical medicine and rehabilitation department and an adjunct faculty appointment in the special education department.
Dr. Turner received her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and her master's degree in speech pathology at Syracuse University in 1976. In 1978, Dr. Turner received a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Turner completed her doctorate in speech communication at the Pennsylvania State University in 1987. From 1985 to 1989, Dr. Turner was an assistant professor in communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Turner served as a post-doctoral fellow in neurology at Johns Hopkins University from 1989 to 1991, before accepting her present position as department director.
Dr. Turner has advocated for children with communication impairment and other special needs in several ways. She has provided direct clinical service to children in educational and hospital settings. Dr. Turner has trained future speech-language pathologists and special educators in university and clinical settings and participated in interdisciplinary staff training in a medical setting. Recently, she has consulted with the Social Security Administration regarding children’s eligibility for benefits and has advocated at the state level for legislation to improve access to reimbursement for children’s health care services. Dr. Turner received the William Hardy Award from the Maryland Speech-Language and Hearing Association for contributions to her field and training in the state of Maryland.
Dr. Turner’s research interests relate to language disorders in children diagnosed with learning disabilities or other subtle neurological problems. She is also interested in the impact of mild neuromotor deficits on children's speech production.