After earning a bachelor of arts in comparative literature from Princeton University and a master of arts in cultural anthropology from Emory University, Dr. Susan Turner enrolled in the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University. She subsequently enrolled at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (Columbia P&S), where she received a Simon Rifkind Summer Fellowship. Before earning her doctor of medicine in 1999, Dr. Susan Turner won a Columbia P&S Barbara Liskin Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychiatry.

Dr. Turner completed an internship and a residency in psychiatry through Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute and then returned to Columbia P&S to teach. She concurrently began treating patients with New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Susan Turner presently owns and operates a private practice in New York City’s Flatiron district. In addition to her educational and clinical accomplishments, she is a medical author who coauthored the book chapter "Hospital Treatment of Depression and Mania.”