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Tufts University
Dept. of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue
Suite 208
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617-627-0366
Fax: 617-627-3072
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Mon 1:30-4:30pm
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Tue 2:00-4:00pm
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Jennifer Allen, Sc.D., MPH, MSN, RN

Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health


For the past 25 years, Dr. Allen's research has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions to promote cancer prevention and control in underserved populations, with an ultimate goal of reducing health disparities. Her work emphasizes community-based participatory approaches to identify community needs and build capacity to implement community-driven solutions. She has developed and evaluated peer-led and e-health interventions to promote cancer screening in a variety of settings, including worksites, churches, and public housing. More recently, she has studied strategies for ensuring wide-scale and equitable dissemination of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities. For example, she has worked with faith-based organizations, worksites, and public housing sites to disseminate the use of evidence-based cancer control interventions among audiences that may not be well-served by health care systems.

Currently, Dr. Allen is the PI of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute to develop and test an interactive, web-based decision aid to promote informed decision-making for prostate cancer screening among African American men. She was recently awarded funding to conduct and evaluate a social media campaign using Twitter to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine among low-income, African American women. Areas of additional interest include "One Health" (connections among human, animal, and environmental health) and community mental health. In addition, she is conducting research to understand how heavy smokers will respond to newly-recommended lung cancer screening guidelines and is developing a decision aid to assist them in making screening decisions, while also promoting smoking cessation.

Recent Publications

  1. Allen JD, Akinyemi IC, Reich A, Fleary S, Tendulkar S, Lamour N. African American Women's Involvement in Promoting Informed Decision-Making for Prostate Cancer Screening among their Partners/Spouses. American Journal of Men's Health, 2018. Jul;12(4):884-893.

  2. Holt CL, Shelton RC, Allen JD, Bowie J, Jandorf L, Zara Santos SL, Slade J. Development of tailored feedback reports on organizational capacity for health promotion in African American churches. Evaluation and Program Planning. 2018. Jul 21;70:99-106.

  3. Leyva B, Allen JD, Ospino H, et al. Enhancing capacity among faith-based organizations to implement evidence-based cancer control programs: a community-engaged approach. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2017;7(3):517-528.

  4. Allen JD, Towne SD Jr, Maxwell AE, DiMartino L, Leyva B, Bowen DJ, Linnan L, Weiner BJ. Measures of organizational characteristics associated with adoption and/or implementation of innovations: A systematic review. BMC Health Services Research. 2017 Aug 23;17(1):591.

  5. Allen JD, Torres MI, Tom LS, Leyva B, Galeas AV, Ospino H. Dissemination of evidence-based cancer control interventions among Catholic faith-based organizations: results from the CRUZA randomized trial. Implementation Science: IS. 2016:11:74. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0430-6. PMCID:

  6. Allen JD, Leyva B, Hilaire DM, Reich AJ, Martinez LS. Priorities, concerns and unmet needs among Haitians in Boston after the 2010 earthquake. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2016;24(6):687-698.

  7. Leyva B, Persoskie A, Ottenbacher A, Hamilton JG, Allen JD, Kobrin SC, Taplin SH. Jada G. Do Men Receive Information Required for Shared Decision Making About PSA Testing? Results from a National Survey. Journal of Cancer Education: the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 2016;31(4):693-701.