Ann Turnbull

Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor Emerita
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Ann Turnbull is the Marianna and Ross Beach Distinguished Professor Emerita in Special Education.  She co-founded and co-directed the Beach Center on Disability. Ann’s research focuses on family support, family-professional partnerships, and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Along with Rud Turnbull, she was identified as one of 36 individuals who have “changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the 20th century.” She was a recipient of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy International Leadership Award.

Research Interests

  • Family systems research and intervention
  • Family involvement and advocacy
  • Educational policy
  • School and community inclusion

Selected Publications

Turnbull, A. P., Turnbull, H. R., Wehmeyer, M. L., & Shogren, K. (2015). Exceptional lives: Special education in today's schools, Boston, MA: Pearson.

Turnbull, A. P., Turnbull, H. R., Erwin, E., Soodak, L., & Shogren, K. (2015). Families, professionals, and exceptionality: Positive outcomes through partnerships and trust, Boston, MA: Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Turnbull, A. P., Turnbull, H. Rutherford, Wehmeyer, M. L., & Shogren, K. (2013). Exceptional lives: Special education in today's schools, Boston, MA: Pearson.

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D., Special Education (Mental Retardation), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1972
  • M.Ed., Special Education, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1971
  • B.S.Ed, Special Education, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1968


Family quality of life, family-professional partnerships, community inclusion, and knowledge translation.

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