Jennifer Allen

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Research interests

Dr Jennifer Allen, Director of the SHINE research lab (www.shineresearchlab.com), is a Reader and Director of Research on the DClinPsy programme. She is also a 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. 

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). 

PhD, MRes and DClinPsy 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)
  • Comparisons of CU traits in different cultural groups

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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2006

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

Award Date: 1 Apr 1998

External positions

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

Sep 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

Honorary member, University College London

Oct 2019 → …

Elected member, Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

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 2015Oct 2020

Editorial board member, Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (formerly the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology)

2015 → …

Keywords

  • child anxiety
  • callous-unemotional traits
  • parenting
  • teacher-child interaction
  • child antisocial behaviour
  • stressful life events
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • school-based risk and protective factors
  • punishment and reward sensitivity

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