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Pamela R. Turner

Professor & Extension Housing Specialist

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



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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 focuses on linkages between health and housing, creating safe and healthy child care environments, and the use of social media to provide people with an online source of trustworthy information.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization 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


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
UGA Sustainability Certificate Program Advisory Board 2016 - 2019
Georgia Healthy Homes Coalition Steering Committee 2013 -present
Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Board Coordinator 2012 -present
Alliance Credit Counseling Board Member 2005 -2019


My outreach activities include educating Georgians about radon gas and the importance of testing your home; creating healthy and safe homes and child care environments; providing information on buying and maintaining a home; preparing for and recovering from emergencies; and providing trustworthy information through the use of social media.  I maintain several social media sites, including  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Wordpress pages for UGA GreenwayHealthy Homes Partnership, and the Housing Education Research Association (HERA)


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Environmental Education Award (1st place) - Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Board (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2017
Social Networking Award (1st place) - UGA GreenWay: Connecting FACS Extension with online communities (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2014
Environmental Education Award (1st place) - Georgia Radon Education Program (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2011
Environmental Education Award (1st place) - Conserve Water in Georgia (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2009
Educational Publications Award (1st place) - Guide for New Parents (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2009
Dwight Douglas Award for Service to the Division of Student Affairs - Every drop counts public awareness campaign (team) University of Georgia 2008
Extension Housing Outreach Award (1st place) - Steps on the path to home ownership (team) National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2008


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 http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book235318.

Journal Articles

Saha, U., Kitto, M. Lynch, D., Dean, G., Turner, P., & Sonon, L. (2017). Optimizing sampling, sample processing and analysis methods for radon (222Rn) in water by liquid scintillation counting. American Journal of Analytical Chemistry. Retrieved from http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=81730.

Turner, P.R., Bales, D., Thomas, K., Goldschmidt, M. & Fisher-McLean, K. (2017). Program note: Expanding healthy housing and environmental awareness in rural communities through local and national partnerships. Housing and Society, 44(3) 190-207. 

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 http://www.joe.org/index.html.


Koonce, J., Berg, A., Chatterjee, S. & Turner, P. (2017). Health insurance: What you should know about preventive health care. (Circular 1120). 4 pages. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Extension. Retrieved from http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1120.

Bock, N., Thomas, K.J., Turner, P.R., Bales, D. & Parker, M. (2017). Protect children: The delicates that matter. (Circular No. 1109), 2 pages. Athens: GA: University of Georgia Extension. Retrieved from http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C1109.

Turner, P.R., Ogden, J. & Badding, M. (2017). Don’t let the bed bugs bite: Avoiding bed bugs in your home. (Circular No. 1108), 8 pages. Athens: GA: University of Georgia Extension. Retrieved from https://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/BedBugs.PDF.

Turner, P. (Producer) & Oliver, R. (Director). (2017). Radon can lead to lung cancer. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHlyKCiFgoU.

Turner, P.R., Bales, D., Kirby, S. & Thomas, K. (2017, May 3). Creating healthy indoor environments in child care. National Health Outreach Conference, Annapolis, MD.

Bales, D., Turner, P.R., Thomas, K. & Kirby, S. (2017, March 23). Helping child care professionals create healthy and sustainable child care environments. Sustainable and healthy lifestyles: Policy, pedagogy and practice, International Federation of Home Economics: conference, Sligo, Ireland. 

Turner, P. R., & Gibson, S. M. S. (2017). Cleaning healthy cleaning green. (Circular No. 1114/HACE-E-73-2), 4 pages. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. (Revised, original published 2008). Retrieved from https://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/ClnHealthyClnGreenUpdate.17.PDF.

Turner, P. (Producer) & Oliver, R. (Director). (2016). Creating a healthy home. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epa1oJZRIZY&t=3s.

Mowrer, J., Saha, U., Turner, P., Sonon, L., Walters, G., Lynch, D. & Holland, K. (2015). Household water quality series: Radon in water. (Circular No. 858-16), 4 pages. Athens, GA:  University of Georgia Extension. Retrieved from http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C858-16.

Turner, P.R. & Bailey, L. (2015). Mold and moisture home inspection. (Circular 1083), 3 pages. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Extension. Retrieved from http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C1083.

Gibson, S. M. S., & Turner, P. R. (2015). Green cleaning: Recipes for a healthy home. (HACE-E-73-1). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.  (Revised, original published 2008), 5 pages. Retrieved from https://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/HACE-E-73-1_english_may_2015_recipes.pdf .

Turner, P.R. (2015). Leave it at the door: A guide to reducing contaminants in your home. (Circular 1070). Athens, GA: University of Georgia extension. (Revised, original published 2010), 2 pages. Retrieved from http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C1070.

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

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 millennialsPresentation at the XXII International Federation for Home Economics World Congress 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

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 www.soc.cas.cz/download/960/paper_turner_W15.pdf.

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