John Allen

Research Interests

Dr. Allen is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona. After receiving his graduate training at the University of Minnesota, and completing an internship at the VA medical center in Minneapolis, he assumed his current position in Arizona in 1992. Dr. Allen has published over 135 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and been the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression to fund his research. Dr. Allen has received numerous awards for his research, including the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He is also the recipient in 2004 of the Leicester & Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award, in 2005 of the Graduate College and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award, and was named Distinguished Professor in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a past-president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Dr. Allen’s research expertise is in the use of a wide variety of psychophysiological and neuroimaging measures, and his research interests encompass several areas, including: the etiology and treatment of depression, with a focus on alternative treatments; the psychophysiological assessment of memory, amnesia, and deception; psychophysiological underpinnings of emotion. He has explored alternative treatments for depression, including a large trial of acupuncture in the treatment of depression (which was the very first R01 from the newly formed National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, grant R01 AT000001).