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Dr Jennifer Allen

Lab Director & Lecturer in Education

My main interests focus on emotional and behavioural disorders in childhood and environmental factors (parenting, teacher-child interaction, stressful or traumatic experiences including domestic violence). My research focuses on how these environmental factors relate to child individual differences (temperament, cognitive ability); and how findings in this area can be translated into more effective intervention and prevention strategies. I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, specializing in evidenced-based family treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children.

My research areas:

  • Child mental health - anxiety, autism, conduct problems, antisocial behaviour, psychopathy, callous-unemotional (CU) traits

  • Intervention - CBT, parent training

  • Observation - parent-child interaction, teacher-child interaction


Allen, J. (2018). Intelligence. In C. J. Schreck, M. J. Leiber, H. Ventura Miller (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. Wiley-Blackwell.


Fong, V. C., Hawes, D. J., & Allen, J. L. (2017). A Systematic Review of Risk and Protective Factors for Externalizing Problems in Children Exposed to Intimate Partner ViolenceTrauma, Violence, & Abuse: A Review Journal.

Allen, J. L., Morris, A., & Chhoa, C. Y. (2016). Callous-unemotional (CU) traits in adolescent boys and response to teacher reward and discipline strategiesEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 21 (3), 329-342. doi:10.1080/13632752.2016.1165968


Hawes, D. J., & Allen, J. L. (2016). Evidence-based parenting interventions: Current perspectives and clinical strategies. In M. Hodes, S. Gau (Eds.), Positive Mental Health, Fighting Stigma and Promoting Resiliency for Children and Adolescents. London: Elsevier.

Essau, C. A., & Allen, J. L. (2015). Making Parenting Work for Children’s Mental Health. Essau, C. A., Allen, J. (Eds.). London: Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). doi:10.13056/OP33

Allen, J. (2015). When one size doesn't fit all: Temperament-based parenting interventions. (pp. 12-22). London: Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). doi:10.13056/OP33.e

Dadds, M. R., Allen, J. L., McGregor, K., Woolgar, M., Viding, E., & Scott, S. (2014). Callous-unemotional traits in children and mechanisms of impaired eye contact during expressions of love: a treatment target? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55 (7), 771-780. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12155

Kimonis, E. R., Centifanti, L. C. M., Allen, J. L., & Frick, P. J. (2014). Reciprocal Influences between Negative Life Events and Callous-Unemotional TraitsJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42 (8), 1287-1298. doi:10.1007/s10802-014-9882-9


Allen, J. L., Briskman, J., Humayun, S., Dadds, M. R., & Scott, S. (2013). Heartless and cunning? Intelligence in adolescents with antisocial behavior and psychopathic traitsPsychiatry Research, 210 (3), 1147-1153. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2013.08.033


Allen, J., Creswell, C., & Murray, L. (2013). Prevention of anxiety disorders. In P. Graham, S. Reynolds (Eds.), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Families (pp. 323-336). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Allen, J. L., Rapee, R. M., & Sandberg, S. (2012). Assessment of maternally reported life events in children and adolescents: A comparison of interview and checklist methodsJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34 (2), 204-215. doi:10.1007/s10862-011-9270-5

Dadds, M. R., Allen, J. L., Oliver, B. R., Faulkner, N., Legge, K., Moul, C., . . . Scott, S. (2012). Love, eye contact and the developmental origins of empathy v. psychopathyBritish Journal of Psychiatry, 200 (3), 191-196. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085720

Allen, J. L., Lavallee, K. L., Herren, C., Ruhe, K., & Schneider, S. (2010). DSM-IV criteria for childhood separation anxiety disorder: Informant, age, and sex differencesJournal of Anxiety Disorders, 24 (8), 946-952. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.06.022

Allen, J. L., Blatter-Meunier, J., Ursprung, A., & Schneider, S. (2010). Maternal daily diary report in the assessment of childhood separation anxiety. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39 (2), 252-259. doi:10.1080/15374410903532619

Allen, J. L., Blatter-Meunier, J., Ursprung, A., & Schneider, S. (2010). The separation anxiety daily diary: Child version: Feasibility and psychometric propertiesChild Psychiatry and Human Development, 41 (6), 649-662. doi:10.1007/s10578-010-0194-1

Allen, J. L., & Rapee, R. M. (2009). Are reported differences in life events for anxious children and controls due to comorbid disorders?Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23 (4), 511-518. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.10.005

Salmon, K., Dadds, M. R., Allen, J., & Hawes, D. J. (2009). Can emotional language skills be taught during parent training for conduct problem children?Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40 (4), 485-498. doi:10.1007/s10578-009-0139-8

Van Bergen, P., Salmon, K., Dadds, M. R., & Allen, J. (2009). The effects of mother training in emotion-rich, elaborative reminiscing on children's shared recall and emotion knowledgeJournal of Cognition and Development, 10 (3), 162-187. doi:10.1080/15248370903155825

Allen, J. L., Rapee, R. M., & Sandberg, S. (2008). Severe life events and chronic adversities as antecedents to anxiety in children: a matched control studyJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 1047-1056. doi:10.1007/s10802-008-9240-x

McMahon, C. A., Gibson, F. L., Allen, J. L., & Saunders, D. (2007). Psychosocial adjustment during pregnancy for older couples conceiving through assisted reproductive technologyHuman Reproduction, 22 (4), 1168-1174. doi:10.1093/humrep/del502

Allen, J. L., Abbott, M. J., Rapee, R. M., & Coltheart, M. (2006). Ew gross! Recognition of expressions of disgust by children with obsessive-compulsive disorderBehaviour Change, 23 (4), 239-249. doi:10.1375/bech.23.4.239

Allen, J. L., & Rapee, R. M. (2005). Anxiety Disorders. In P. Graham (Ed.), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Families (pp. 300-319). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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