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Jennifer Allen

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Tufts University
Dept. of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue
Suite 211
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617-627-0366
Fax: 617-627-3072

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Office Hours:
Wed 10am-12pm
(Appointment required)
Fri By appointment only

Jennifer (Dacey) Allen, Sc.D., MPH, MSN

Professor, Department of Community Health


For the past 30 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 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, public housing and health centers. More recently, she has studied strategies for ensuring wide-scale and equitable dissemination of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities.

Currently, Dr. Allen is a co-lead of the Tufts Initiative on Equity in Health, Wealth and Civic Engagement, a study sponsored by the Tufts University Office of the Provost. The goal of this initiative is to examine multiple domains of equity among a nationally representative sample in the U.S.. She also leads a study on uptake of the HPV vaccine among racial diverse and sexual minority women. Another study involves assessing the health needs, priorities and concerns of Brazilian immigrant women.

Dr. Allen received her doctoral degree and master's in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Allen was a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and Boston College.

Selected recent publications

  1. Allen JD, Filson CP, Berry DL. Effect of a prostate cancer screening decision aid for African American men in primary care settings. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Aug 27. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-0454. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Allen JD, Shelton RC, Kephart, L. et al. Organizational characteristics conducive to the implementation of health programs among Latino churches. Implement Sci Commun. 2020 Jul 6;1:62. doi: 10.1186/s43058-020-00052-2. eCollection 2020.

  3. Allen JD, Hollander J, Gualtieri L, Alarcon Falconi TM, Savir S, Agénor M. Feasibility of a Twitter campaign to promote HPV vaccine uptake among racially/ethnically diverse young women living in public housing. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):830. Published 2020 Jun 1. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-08824-0

  4. Allen JD, Reich A, Cuevas A, Ladin K. Preparing African American Men to Make Informed Prostate Cancer Screening Decisions: Development and Pilot Testing of an Interactive Online Decision Aid JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020;0(0):e0 URL: http://mhealth.jmir.org/2020/0/e0/. doi: 10.2196/15502.

  5. Leyva B, Nguyen AB, Cuevas AG., Taplin SH, Moser RP, Allen, JD. Sociodemographic correlates of cancer fatalism and the moderating role of religiosity: results from a nationally-representative survey. Special Issue: Religion and Health in Community. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in Community. 2020 Jan-Mar;48(1):29-46.