Dr. Brandi L. Newkirk-Turner has a B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University, a M.A. in speech pathology from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in communication disorders from Louisiana State University. While at Jackson State University, Dr. Newkirk-Turner has served as a department chairperson in addition to serving in leadership roles on various university committees including commencement and SACSCOC.
An active researcher, Dr. Newkirk-Turner has authored several book chapters and has published her research in peer-reviewed journals in her field including Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Additionally, she has secured approximately 2.3 million dollars in grants to support her research, provide research experiences to undergraduate and graduate students, and prepare graduate students for careers in speech-language pathology. Dr. Newkirk-Turner is a recipient of the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.