Alicia M Allen, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Phone Number: 
(520) 626-7864
Professional Bio: 

Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH began working in clinical research on substance use disorders in 2001 as an undergraduate student. This experience prompted her to obtain her masters in community health education, graduate certification in addiction studies and doctorate in social and behavioral epidemiology, all from the University of Minnesota. She also completed a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the area of prenatal smoking. As an epidemiologist, Dr. Allen is particularly interested in research study design and evaluating causality. She has conducted randomized clinical trials, controlled cross-over trials, and cross-sectional online surveys, as well as analyzed data from large epidemiological datasets. Her research interests are on the role of sex/gender and sex hormones within addictive behaviors, as well as healthy behavior changes. Currently, Dr. Allen is exploring the role of hormonal contraceptives (e.g. birth control pills) in smoking cessation, as well as relapse to smoking, marijuana and opioids. Further work is investigating the protective effects of exercise on addictive behaviors. Dr. Allen has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, ClearWay Minnesota, and University of Minnesota. She has published numerous manuscripts and is the editorial fellow for the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Focus: 
  • Sex/gender differences
  • Sex hormones
  • Addiction
  • Health behavior change
Selected Publications: 

Academic Information

Doctorate: 
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2012
Master's Degree: 
MPH, University of Minnesota, 2003
Undergraduate School: 
BS, University of Minnesota, 2003