Dr Margaret Turner

Dr Margaret Turner

Psychologist,
Neuropsychological
Rehabilitation

BBSc (Hons)
MPsych
PHD
Assoc. MAPS

Margaret’s passion is Neuropsychology, which looks at how our behaviour and the way we think are influenced by our brain. She has a history in neuropsychological rehabilitation, with strong research and diagnostic assessment skills. In particular, she has experience working with stroke patients, people with memory disorders, dementia, and related mood problems.

Margaret finds the relationship between brain function and behaviour fascinating. She is particularly interested on the effects of depression and stress on memory, and how chronic stress affects our health and promotes diseases.

Throughout my childhood I always loved hearing other peoples’ life stories and wanted to understand their behaviour. As a result, I decided to go to university and learn as much as I could about psychology and human behaviour. When I finished year 12, I was thrilled to be accepted into Health Sciences at La Trobe University but unfortunately I was not able to take up the offer as I had to start earning money and so went to work as a Medical Laboratory Technician studying at night for a Diploma of Applied Biology. I worked in this field for eight years, spent 10 years at home with my young children and then went back to work when my youngest child went to school so I could pay for their education. 

Unfortunately this was only work to me and gave me no enjoyment. I constantly felt that I had not achieved what I was destined for, so, when my youngest child had almost finished her secondary schooling I decided to go to university. This was a big step for me out of my comfort zone, as, not only had I not studied for many years, education had moved on a long way from what it was like when I was a teenager and I was consequently one of the eldest students at the university. Nevertheless, sitting in the first Psychology lecture I attended I realised that this was what I had always wanted to do and I set my sights on finishing the course and eventually working in this area. 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Behavioural Science at La Trobe University and my postgraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. It took me sixteen years to finally finish and the day I stood on the stage to accept my Master of Psychology and PhD in Neuropsychology was one of the most rewarding days of my life.

I now work part time at the Balanced Wellbeing Centre and because of my Neuropsychological training my work is mainly based on developing strategies to help clients overcome their life difficulties. I feel very privileged to work in this field.  I love the work and I am so pleased that I persevered to achieve my life dream.

I have a history in neuropsychological rehabilitation and have strong research and diagnostic assessment skills. In particular, I have experience working with stroke patients, people with memory disorders, dementia, and related mood problems.

My passion is Neuropsychology, which looks at how our behaviour and the way we think are influenced by our brain.

I find the relationship between brain function and behaviour fascinating.

I am particularly interested on the effects of depression and stress on memory, and how chronic stress affects our health and promotes diseases.

I conduct Adult Assessments:

Academic performance
Acquired brain injury
Impairment
Intellectual
Learning difficulties
Memory problems
Neuropsychological

I can help with:

Anxiety
Assertiveness
Carer support
Depression
Pre & post natal depression
Group work
Interpersonal problems for the aged
Life transition and adjustment issues
Loss and grief
Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
Phobias
Parent guidance
Rehabilitation/ brain injury counselling
Self-esteem / confidence building
Stress management

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