The Road to a Ph.D.
Jeremy Turner ’95
Majored in psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology, Illinois College
 
After Illinois College, Jeremy Turner received his Ph.D. in psychology/behavioral neuroscience in 1999 from Northern Illinois University. He then taught for three years at the University of Tennessee Martin before coming to Southern Illinois University School (SIU) of Medicine in Springfield as a research professor in the department of surgery, conducting hearing and tinnitus research.

“Illinois College taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do with my life,” said Turner. “Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler, above all other faculty members, made the greatest impact on me when I was a student at IC. She was THE person responsible for me even considering going to graduate school in the first place.”
 
Turner joined the Illinois College faculty full time in 2006 and has maintained his research laboratory at SIU. He teaches courses on the brain, research methodology and statistics, and regularly engages Illinois College students in student/faculty research on the Hilltop and at SIU School of Medicine. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and is currently funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research and the Tinnitus Research Consortium. He has published 34 scientific journal articles on hearing and tinnitus and holds a device patent for measuring tinnitus in animals and humans.

“I am proud to be a member of the Illinois College faculty because I see all the time how passionate they are about what they do,” Turner reflected. “Few people realize just how much heart and soul and energy go into really effective teaching and research and advising with students. First as a student and now as a faculty member, I’ve been fortunate to see firsthand just how committed IC faculty members are to their students.”

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