Prior to becoming an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University in New York, New York, Dr. Susan Turner attended the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Susan Turner began her internship and residency in psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital as well as at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI).
Established in 1895, the New York State Psychiatric Institute is one of the first hospitals in the country to incorporate teaching and research into the care of patients dealing with mental diseases. The residency training program at NYSPI is designed for a four-year program with residents serving the first year as an internship. During the first year, interns work with patients dealing with illnesses ranging from eating disorders and addictions to children and adolescents who are experiencing everything from mood disorders to prescription and drug abuse.