R. Turner Goins, PhD.
Dr. Goins is a nationally known specialist in American Indian aging issues.
She was recently named the first Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor of Gerontological Social Work at Western Carolina University. She also is a Senior Scientist in the Center for Healthy Aging at the Mountain State Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC and an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Goins, formerly Associate Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research and Associate Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, joined the Western Carolina University faculty in August of 2013. At Oregon State, in addition to her work with the Center for Healthy Aging Research, she was the interim director of the College of Public Health and Human Science’s gerontology program and taught community-based participatory research to the graduate students in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as a faculty member in the Native Elder Research Center at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center and serves on the editorial board of The Gerontologist and the Journal of Applied Gerontology.