hero image
Turner Goins - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Turner Goins

Professor | Western Carolina University


Turner Goins is a nationally known specialist in American Indian aging issues.



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.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Public Health

American Indian Aging Issues


Education (4)

Duke University: Post Doctoral, Epidemiology 1998

University of Massachusetts-Boston: Ph.D., Gerontology 1997

University of Massachusetts-Boston: M.S., Gerontology 1994

East Carolina University: B.S., Psychology 1992

Affiliations (3)

  • International Association for Indigenous Aging
  • The Gerontologist
  • The Journal of Applied Gerontology

Media Appearances (1)

WCU taps specialist in Native American aging issues for distinguished professorship

The One Feather  online


“Dr. Goins brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise related to issues affecting older adults in rural areas, with a specialized focus on aging among American Indian populations,” Huff said. “She also has a successful track record of grant-writing and scholarship. We are pleased that she will provide mentorship to students and faculty within the Department of Social Work and the College of Health and Human Sciences.”

view more

Articles (3)

Social Support and Diabetes Management Among Older American Indians

Innovation in Aging


view more

Correlates of Receipt of Colorectal Cancer Screening among American Indians in the Northern Plains

Social Work Research


view more

Disparities in Health, Health Care Access, and Life Experience Between American Indian and White Adults in South Dakota

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities


view more