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Shannon Turner
Shannon Turner


Research Associate, Program Manager for FUTURES, Director of Better Futures EXITO, Co-Director of My Life Certification, RRI Field Liaison.


Mental Health and Human Service Program, MHCC, AS Child and Family Studies, Portland State University, BS Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University, MSW, LCSW

PSU History

I’m a Research Associate at the Regional Research Institute through the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University and have worked here for seven years.

Professional Focus

I have been with the RRI for seven years and prior to my current roles , I started at the RRI as a youth coach for the My Life Project. I am passionate about working with youth and young adults with lived experiences in foster care and who experience mental health stressors. My key interest and focus areas include high school and post-secondary improved support programs, increasing self-determination and community participation with research methods based on positive youth development models.

Personal Interests

A few of my favorite things to do is to spend time with my family and friends, camp,hang at the beach, read fiction, watch movies, and eat FOOD.