Joy Turek, Phd
Chair and Core Faculty, MA in Psychology
Joy Turek, PhD is Chair of the MA in Psychology Program and a member of the Core Faculty. She completed her doctorate while raising two children which makes her a powerful mentor for adult students in professional life. Turek has an ever-deepening interest in the development of cultural sensitivity in society, teaching and clinical practice. She is actively focused on creating a more culturally sensitive curriculum in the MA in Psychology program at AULA. She initiated and taught several courses including, “The Psychology of Anti-Semitism and Jewish Identity” and “Lifespan Development in Gay and Lesbian Individuals.” She has initiated and hired others to teach a wide range of diversity-focused activities, including courses devoted to working with physically different persons, Native Americans, and immigrant populations. Turek has researched and published on the psychology of humor and has a part-time clinical practice. She has been teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles since 1976.