Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen

(1994, Washington University in St. Louis).

Professor of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Allen’s research and clinical interests are: 1) interventions to reduce the stress of individuals, family, and professional caregivers within the context of advanced chronic or terminal illness; 2) the cultural dynamics (race/ethnicity; rural/urban) of healthcare decision making; and 3) clinical training, particularly geropsychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  She has published on translation of end-of-life/Dignity interventions, diversity in advance care planning, clinical training, behavioral interventions in long-term care, and mental health among aging prisoners.  Dr. Allen is a member of the American Board of Geropsychology, a member of the APA Working Group on End of Life Issues and Care, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the APA, and is Associate Editor of Aging and Mental Health.  She teaches Clinical Psychology of Aging-Intervention, Lifespan Development, Geropsychology Practicum, and undergraduate statistics. Dr. Allen is a First-Generation Scholar and welcomes students with similar backgrounds into her lab.

R. Allen Vita


Current Students


Lisa Beck
Morgan Eichorst
Caitlan Tighe (with Dr. Natalie Dautovich)
Keisha Ivey
Amy Albright
Kaleb Murry (with Dr. Martha Crowther)
Deanna Dragan (with Dr. Martha Crowther)
Hilary Dorman