Jennifer Allen


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Research interests

Dr Jennifer Allen, is a Reader and the Director of the SHINE research lab ( She is also a HCPC-registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS), specialising in child emotional and behavioural disorders. Her research has been funded by the ESRC and Guys and St Thomas' Charity. 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. 

Dr Allen has a strong commitment to the training and dissemination of evidence-based treatment, which led to the recent (2021) publication of a practitioner textbook: Family-based Intervention for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Core Competencies Approach, published by Cambridge University Press, with fellow editors David Hawes (University of Sydney) and Cecilia Essau (University of Roehampton). 

Dr Allen recently edited a special issue on 'Adverse childhood experiences: A developmental psychopathology perspective' for the international journal Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, see here:

Recent awards:

2024    Recognising Excellence Award, University of Bath


2023    ACAMH David Cottrell Education of Child and

            Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Professionals Award


2021    Voted winner, I’m a Scientist, Get me Out of Here! 

            Public engagement award. 

PhD, MRes and DClinPsy Supervision

Jennifer Allen is available to supervise the following themes:

  • CU traits and antisocial behaviour in the school context (e.g., teacher-child or peer interaction).
  • Risk and protective factors for child & adolescent antisocial behaviour/delinquency, ADHD, substance use and depression.

  • Comorbidity between child and adolescent mental disorders (outcomes and aetiology).

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and positive childhood experiences.

  • Assessment - of specific constructs such as ACEs, measurement invariance across gender, cultural group, time or informant / multi-informant issues.
  • ​Family or school-based intervention (focused on promoting positive interactions and relationships)

MRes and PhD applicants with an interest in secondary data analysis of Millenium Cohort Study (MCS) data are particularly encouraged to get in contact. The MCS is a British longitudinal cohort study, which began in 2000 and has followed children up to 17 years currently. For more information, see:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Editorial board member, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

May 2024 → …

Associate editor, Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (formerly the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology)

Jan 2024 → …

External examiner, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme, Queen's University Belfast

1 Oct 202330 Nov 2027

Senior Supervisor, Wellcome GW4 Clinical Academic Training PhD Programme for Health Professionals

Apr 2022 → …

External examiner, Child & Young Person IAPT Therapy, Postgraduate Diploma, King's College London

Sept 2021 → …

Member, Future Leaders Fellowships sift and interview panels, UK Research & Innovation

Feb 2021 → …

External Reviewer, 5-year Validation and Periodic review of the Tavistock and Portman Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Nov 2020

Elected member, Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

Jul 2019May 2024

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 2015Oct 2020


  • child anxiety
  • callous-unemotional traits
  • parenting
  • teacher-child interaction
  • child antisocial behaviour
  • domestic violence
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • school-based risk and protective factors
  • punishment and reward sensitivity
  • ADHD
  • intimate partner violence


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