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Lipscomb professor Turner Tapped to Co-Chair Prestigious International Conference

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William Turner

Dr. William Lofton Turner, Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Public Policy and Special Counsel to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Lipscomb University has been appointed as co-chair of the upcoming Family Process Journal 60th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium. 

"I am very humbled to have been asked by the board of directors and president to take on this task,” Turner said. “Family Process is one of the most important and influential academic journals that focuses on the mental health and well-being of families across multiple disciplines with both a national and international sphere of influence.  

“Moreover, these symposia are only held every 10 years, and the papers presented have a long, lasting impact on research and practice. I count it a very high honor and responsibility to help shape the theme, select the presenters, and develop the program. I count it as one of the highlights of my career.”

Family Process is a quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on family system issues, including policy and applied practice. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Family Process Institute. Since 2007, the journal has published its abstracts in Chinese and Spanish in addition to English.

Family Process publishes original articles, including theory and practice, philosophical underpinnings, qualitative and quantitative clinical research, and training in couples and family therapy, family interaction, and family relationships with networks and larger systems. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has an impact factor of 3.0 ranking it 1st out of 40 journals in the category "Family Studies" and 21st out of 119 journals in the category "Clinical Psychology."

The title of the symposium is The Heart of the Matter: Systemic Imperatives to Address Health Disparities and Racism in the Time of Covid. The conference is comprised of two parts: one virtual to reach the broadest audience in the time of COVID restrictions, and one in person if COVID restrictions permit at that time. The in-person part of the conference is scheduled to take place at the Marriott Metro Center Hotel in Washington D.C. from September 23-26. 

Turner, a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy along with and Dr. Marianne Wamboldt, a Psychiatrist and Chair and Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Medical Center, were appointed co-chairs of the conference in August 2020 and have spent the last year planning the event. Turner and Wamboldt both have long histories with the Family Process Institute, both having previously served terms on the board of directors and as officers of the organization.

As co-chairs, they have planned the conference, selected and invited the speakers, chosen the location, crafted and developed the theme, and will serve as Masters of Ceremony for the in-person meeting in Washington. In addition, Turner will provide the opening plenary for the virtual meeting to set the stage for the remainder of the program. Leading scholars in the fields of psychiatry, family therapy, family psychology, and public health comprise the conference presenters.

Dr. Marlene Watson, President of the Family Process Institute and Director of Clinical Training at the Ackerman Institute for Families in New York City, made the following statement regarding Turner and Wamboldt: 

“On behalf of the FPI board, let me extend our deepest gratitude to you for agreeing to co-chair the 60th Anniversary celebration. I know we're in good hands and stand ready to assist in any way possible.”

The intent of this symposium is to engender dialogue, highlighting concerns about the interconnectedness of systemic racism, internalized racism, and health disparities, and how these interactions have been starkly uncovered by the COVID pandemic. They plan to share clinical and advocacy approaches that may be helpful in effecting change and determining the next steps to heal our world.

Due to COVID protocols, international participants will attend virtually, as well as many U.S. guests, while a select group of around 100 will attend in person in Washington, D.C.