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

Tel: 617.627.0366
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Mon 1:30-3:30pm
Tue 2:00-3:00pm
Wed 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, Leyva B, Tom L, Hillaire D, Bartholomew A, Reich A, Martinez LS. Priorities, concerns, and unmet needs among Haitians in Boston after the 2010 earthquake. Health & Social Care in the Community, 2015; Mar 4. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12217. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Allen JD, Tom LS, Rustan S, Leyva B, Negrón R, Linnan LA, Jandorf L, Ospino H, Torres MI. Enhancing organizational capacity to provide cancer control programs among Latino churches: Design and baseline findings of the CRUZA Study. BMC Health Services Research, 2015; 15(1): 147.
  3. Allen JD, Leyva B, Tom LS, Rustan S, Galeas A, Negrón R, Ospino H, Torres MI. Recruiting and surveying Catholic parishes for cancer control initiatives: Lessons learned from the CRUZA Implementation Study. Health Promotion Practice, 2015; 16(5):667-76.
  4. Escoffery C, Fernandez ME, Vernon SW, Liang S, Maxwell AE, Allen JD, Dwyer A, Hannon PA, Kohn M, DeGroff A. Patient navigation in a colorectal cancer screening program. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 2015; 21(5): 433-440.
  5. Leyva B, Nguyen AB, Allen JD, Taplin SH, Moser RP. Is religiosity associated with cancer screening? Results from a national survey. Journal of Religion and Health, 2015; 54(3): 998-1013.
  6. Nelson C, Allen JD, McLellan D, Davis K, Pronk N. Integrating health promotion & occupational safety and health in manufacturing worksites: Perspectives of leaders from small-to-medium sized. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 2015. 52: 169-176.
  7. McLellan DL, Cab´┐Żn-Martinez AJ, Nelson CC, Pronk NP, Katz JN, Allen JD, Davis KN, Wagner GR, Sorensen GC. Organizational characteristics influence implementation of worksite health protection and promotion programs: Evidence from smaller businesses. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 2015. 57(9): 1009-1016.
  8. Leyva B, Persoskie A, Ottenbacher A, Hamilton JG, Allen JD, Kobrin S, Taplin SH. Do men receive information required for shared decision making about PSA testing? Findings from the Health Information National Trends Survey. Journal of Cancer Education, Epub ahead of print October 26, 2015
  9. Tucker-Seeley RD, Selk S, Adams I, Allen JD, Sorensen GC. Tobacco use among low-income housing residents: Does hardship motivate quit attempts? Cancer Causes and Control, 2015; 26(22): 1699-1707.
  10. 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 Trial. Implementation Science. In press.