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Profile of an MS Researcher

Aaron Turner, PhD, ABPP - Clinical Psychologist
Profile of an MS researcher

Dr. Aaron Turner

The primary focus of Dr. Turner's research has been examining ways to encourage individuals with MS to be active participants in the process of managing their chronic illness. This process of self-management, includes navigating the psychosocial and physical symptoms of MS, effectively partnering with health care providers to engage and sustain treatments, supporting ongoing health promotion, and generally learning to live well with MS over time.

Health Behaviors of Veterans with MS

In several studies, Dr. Turner has investigated areas that Veterans can target to promote their own health and wellness.

Providers can help. Brief screening and advice to reduce or refrain from alcohol use can be accomplished in as little as 5 minutes and can be incorporated into the regular course of medical care.

Exercise in veterans with MS is uncommon. In the context of chronic illness care, the identification of exercise patterns and promotion of physical activity may represent an important opportunity to improve mental health and quality of life among people with MS.

Psycological Factors Contributing to Adherence to Disease Modifying Therapies

Similarly, Dr. Turner has investigated psychosocial factors associated with adherence to MS Disease Modifying Therapies. The end goal of this program of research is to develop and test interventions that improve self-management in MS.

Related Articles

Alcohol misuse and multiple sclerosis. May 2009

Smoking among veterans with multiple sclerosis: prevalence correlates, quit attempts, and unmet need for services. November 2007

Exercise and quality of life among people with multiple sclerosis: looking beyond physical functioning to mental health and participation in life. March 2007

Predicting ongoing adherence to disease modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis: utility of the health beliefs model. November 2007

Injection anxiety remains a long-term barrier to medication adherence in multiple sclerosis. February 2009