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Research interests

Dr. Brian Allen conducts research on various topics related to the development and clinical care of maltreated children.

His current research focuses specifically on ways to improve development for adopted children, and he is the principal investigator of the Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS).

His research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health, Children's Miracle Network and other public and private agencies.

He has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters and serves on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals.

Clinical interests

Dr. Brian Allen is a clinical psychologist who serves as the director of mental health services at Penn State Children’s Hospital’s Center for the Protection of Children.

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 480 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 27 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Conference contribution
1 Citation (Scopus)

Attachment disorders diagnosed by community practitioners: a replication and extension

Allen, B. & Schuengel, C., Jan 1 2019, In : Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Mental Health
2 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing disorganized attachment representations: A systematic psychometric review and meta-analysis of the manchester child attachment story task

Allen, B., Bendixsen, B., Fenerci, R. B. & Green, J., Jan 24 2018, In : Attachment and Human Development. 20, 6, p. 553-577 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproducibility of Results
1 Citation (Scopus)

From mother to child: Maternal betrayal trauma and risk for maltreatment and psychopathology in the next generation

Babcock Fenerci, R. L. & Allen, B., Aug 1 2018, In : Child Abuse and Neglect. 82, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wounds and Injuries
Child Abuse
2 Citations (Scopus)
Cognitive Therapy
Sexual Behavior
Wounds and Injuries
2 Citations (Scopus)

Misperceptions of reactive attachment disorder persist: Poor methods and unsupported conclusions

Allen, B., Jun 1 2018, In : Research in Developmental Disabilities. 77, p. 24-29 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Conduct Disorder
International Classification of Diseases
Prospective Studies