Pamela R Turner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist

224 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-9165

Fax: 706-542-1799

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Consumer Economics University of Maryland
M.S. Family Economics University of Kentucky
B.S. Home Economics University of Idaho


My research and work focuses on linkages between health and housing, and living healthier and greener. I am especially interested in the use of social media to provide people with an online source of trustworthy information.


My outreach activities include providing trustworthy information through the use of social media; improving the indoor home environment (i.e., healthy housing); educating Georgians about radon gas and the importance of testing your home; promoting living greener; providing information on buying and maintaining a home; and preparing for natural disasters.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
LifeNet Behavioral Healthcare Housing Manager 2003-2005
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas Director of Housing 1998-2002
Kansas State University Assistant Professor 1994-1997


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Social Networking Award - UGA GreenWay National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2014
Environmental Education Award - Georgia Radon Education Program (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2011
Environmental Education Award - Conserve Water in Georgia (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2009
Educational Publications Award - Guide for New Parents (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2009
Dwight Douglas Award for Service to the Division (team) University of Georgia 2008
Extension Housing Outreach Award (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2008
National Needs Fellowship USDA Food & Agricultural Sciences 1985-1988

Journal Articles

Koonce, J., Turner, P. R., & Chapman, S. W. (2011). Greening your life. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.103(3), 47-51.

Chatterjee, S., Pimentel, L. G., & Turner, P. (2010). Financial education and consumers’ willingness to change behavior.  Journal of Investment Management and Financial Innovations, 7(3), 73-81.

Turner, P. R. (2008). Extension’s response to the housing crisis. Journal of Extension, 46(6), [online]. Available at


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Alliance Credit Counseling Board Member 2005 -present


Thomas, K. & Turner, P.R. (2014, October). Healthy families: Building connections. In Michael Goldschmidt and Rebecca Blocker (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference of the Housing Education and Research Association, Kansas City, MO. (p. 59). Available at

Turner, P.R. & Kirby, S. (2014, October). Sustainable living outrech using socila media. in Michael Goldschmidt and Rebecca Blocker (Eds.). Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference of the Housing Education and Research Association, Kansas City, MO. (p. 59). Available at

Turner, P.R. & Heboyan, V. (2013, June). An analysis of energy use and behavior changes made by low-income households after their homes were weatherized. Paper presented at European Network for Housing Research 2013 conference, Tarragona, Spain.

Chenhall, R.M., Turner, P.R. & Barnett, M. (2013). Radon mitigations - dos and don'ts. (HACE-E-75). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Extension. (Original work published 2009)

Barnett, M.L. & Turner, P.R. (2013). Childproofing your home: A room-by-room safety checklist. (Circular 1049/HACE-E-92, Athens, GA

Gibson, S. M. S., & Turner, P. R. (2008, June; revised 2012). Green cleaning: Recipes for a healthy home. (Publication No. HACE-E-73-1).  Athens, GA: University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available at: 

Turner, P.R., Heboyan, V., Dick, V. & Atiles, J.H. (2012, October). Assessing home energy use by low-incom consumers before and after weatherization. In Kathleen Parrott (Ed.), LINKing Home and People: Trains, Trolleys and Automobiles. Roanoke, VA. Available at:

Valente,J. & Turner, P.R. (2012, September). Safety begins at home: Three ways to a safer home. Paper presented at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference in Columbus, OH.

Turner, P.R. & Gibson, S.M.S. (2012, July). Translating healthy housing research into real-world information that can be used by consumers to help improve their lives. Presentation at Healthy Buildings 2012 conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Gibson,S.M.S. & Turner, P.R.(2012, July). Living greener: Using technology to create learning environments to reach millennials. Presentation at the XXII International Federation for Home Economics World Congress 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

Bailey, S.A., Couch, C., Turner, P.R. & Gibson,S.M.S. (2011, December). Rethink waste: Reduce. (Publication No. HACE-E-87-1). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Turner, P. R. & Gibson, S.M.S. (2011, October 14). Connecting with millennials through the internet, social media and mobile devices: a review of green and healthy homes programming successes and challenges.  Paper presented at Looking Back to the Future: Housing Education and Research Association Conference Proceedings. Baton Rouge, LA. 

Turner, P.R., Gibson, S.M.S. & Bailey, S. (2010, September). Reaching globally at a local level: Developing culturally sensitive programs.  Presentation at the 11th World Congress on Environmental Health in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Turner, P. R. (2009, July). Exploring the impact of a three-prong approach to healthier homes. Paper presented at Changing Housing Markets: Integration and Segmentation, European Network of Housing Researchers. Prague, Czech Republic. Available at


Turner, P. (2012, August). First-Time Home Buyer. In Andrew T. Carswell (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. Available at

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