Dr. Akiva Turner is a Professor and Chair of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology (medical emphasis) and a master of public health from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also holds a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York and is an Ordained Rabbi. Dr. Turner has held faculty positions in public health and anthropology at California State University in Los Angeles and at the City University of New York, Hunter College in Manhattan. Outside of academia, Dr. Turner has served as the Associate Director of Planning at the social service agency AIDS Project Los Angeles, as the Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, as the County Health Director for a Georgia health department, as the Chief Executive Officer of a tuberculosis hospital with a large behavioral health unit, as the Deputy General Counsel of Mental Health/Chief Privacy Officer of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as a member of the Florida Health Ethics Workgroup and most recently in executive leadership at the Broward County Health Department in Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Turner has conducted research and published widely on culture and health, religion and health/mental health, ethics, as well as on communicable and chronic diseases. His current research interests include religion and mental health, mental health theories in religious teachings, ethics, policy and social cognitive theories.