Jennifer Allen


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Research interests

Dr Jennifer Allen, Director of the SHINE research lab (, is a Reader and Director of Research on the DClinPsy programme. She is also Clinical Psychologist, specialising in child emotional and behavioural disorders. The SHINE research lab is dedicated to understanding the role of environmental factors in shaping risk pathways to child psychopathology, and the translation of models of risk and resilience into school and family-based interventions. Our work is also designed to inform practitioners how to best support adults who children most rely on for their social and emotional well-being: their parents and teachers.


PhD and DClinPsych Supervision

Jennifer Allen is available to supervise the following themes, in relation to two common forms of childhood psychopathology: i. anxiety and ii. antisocial behaviour and callous-unemotional (CU) traits:

  • Parenting and the parent-child relationship
  • ​School risk and protective factors (e.g., teacher-child and peer interaction and relationships)
  • ​Stress generation (how parent and/or child behaviour can contribute to the selection into stressful environments, or to the creation of stressful experiences)
  • ​Positive emotions and the influence of parents on positive emotion expression and regulation
  • Family or school-based intervention (focused on promoting positive interactions and relationships)
  • Cross-cultural comparisons of CU traits in Western and East Asian nations

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2009

Psychology (1st class), Bachelor of Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Award Date: 1 Apr 1998

External positions

Honorary member, University College London

Oct 2019 → …

Elected member, Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP)

Jul 2019 → …

Member, Adoption and Impact Reference Panel, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Jan 2019 → …

External examiner, MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice, University of Edinburgh

Oct 2015 → …

Editorial board member, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

2015 → …


  • child anxiety
  • callous-unemotional traits
  • parenting
  • teacher-child interaction
  • child antisocial behaviour
  • stressful life events
  • adverse childhood experiences

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Research Output

Open Access

Callous-Unemotional Traits among Children and Adolescents in Asian Cultures: A Systematic Review

Sng, K. I., Hawes, D. J., Hwang, S., Allen, J. & Fung, D. S. S., 26 Jun 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disruptive behavior disorders

Allen, J. L., Hwang, S. & Huijding, J., 13 Jan 2020, The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development: Social Development in Adolescence. Hupp, S. & Jewell, J. (eds.). John Wiley and Sons Inc., Vol. 9. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Callous-Unemotional Traits and Academic Performance in Secondary School Students: Examining the Moderating Effect of Gender

Bird, E., Chhoa, C. Y., Midouhas, E. & Allen, J. L., 15 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47, 10, p. 1639-1650 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)