John JB 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 150 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, and received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize in 2016. Dr. Allen’s research spans several areas, but the main focus is the etiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. His work focuses on identifying risk factors for depression using electroencephalographic and autonomic psychophysiological measures, especially EEG asymmetry, resting state fMRI connectivity, and cardiac vagal control. Based on these findings, he is developing novel and neurally-informed treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, including Transcranial Ultrasound, EEG biofeedback, and Transcranial Direct Current and Transcranial Alternating Current. Other work includes understanding how emotion and emotional disorders influence the way we make decisions and monitor our actions.