Dr. Shairi Turner is an Internist and a Pediatrician. Her career focus is to make Florida a national leader in Trauma Informed Practices. She has presented extensively on the neurobiological impact of trauma with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care. She was instrumental in helping Florida achieve recognition from the Centers for Disease Control as a state where child maltreatment is acknowledged as a public health concern. She believes that by adequately acknowledging and addressing the impact of trauma in the lives of individuals, there can be a national paradigm shift around the treatment of physical and mental health conditions.
Currently she is a Medical Consultant with the Division of Disability Determinations with the Florida Department of Health. From September 2009 to June 2011 she was the Deputy Secretary for Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health for the Florida Department of Health. In these positions she supervised the Divisions of Family Health Services, Disease Control, Environmental Health, Emergency Medical Operations, the Bureau of Laboratories, the Bureau of Statewide Pharmaceutical Services, the Bureau of Health Statistics and Assessments, the Office of Public Health Nursing, 67 County Health Departments and the Office of Minority Health.
In 2005, she was named as the first Chief Medical Director in the eleven-year history of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. During these four years, Dr. Turner established and directed the Office of Health Services, with a staff of thirteen employees. The Office was responsible for assisting the Department with the provision and oversight of quality medical, mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services.
During her tenure with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Dr. Turner’s focus also included the impact of childhood trauma (physical, sexual and emotional abuse) on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as the importance of gender specific services designed to meet the unique needs of girls in the system. She has given numerous presentations on issues relating to health/mental health care in the juvenile justice setting.
Prior to her relocation to Tallahassee, Dr. Turner completed the two-year Yerby Post-Doctoral Research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Youth Violence Prevention Center. While there, Dr. Turner’s primary interests and research focused on the relationship between mental illness, substance abuse and the disproportionate number of minority adolescents in the U.S. juvenile justice system.
Dr. Turner completed the four year Harvard Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Boston in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, she was a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy and earned a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.
The native of New York City earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from Stanford University in 1991. In 1996, she received the Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society.