John J. B. Allen, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Membership Type: 
Affiliate Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
Research Focus: 

Dr. Allen is interested broadly in the etiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Listed below are four themes addressed in his current research:

  1. Identifying risk factors for depression using electroencephalographic and autonomic psychophysiological measures, especially EEG asymmetry, resting state fMRI connectivity, and cardiac vagal control.
  2. Identifying causes of and developing novel treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, including Transcranial Ultrasound, EEG biofeedback, and Transcranial Direct Current and Transcranial Alternating Current.
  3. Understanding how emotion influences how individuals make decisions and monitor their actions, including error monitoring, reward learning, and cognitive control.
  4. The assessment of memory and amnesia using event-related potentials; Assessing deception and malingering; Assessment of memory and amnesia in dissociative disorders.

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
  • Visiting Faculty, Universität Würzburg, Summer I 2013
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona, Spring 2006
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, Spring 2006
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, University of Arizona, Spring 2005
  • Graduate College and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award, University of Arizona, Spring 2005
  • Special Award for Distinguished Service as the Chair of the Committee to Promote Student Interests, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Summer II 2004
  • Leicester & Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award, University of Arizona, Spring 2004
  • Distinguished Contribution to Research, Arizona Psychological Association, Summer II 2001
  • Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Summer II 2000
Board Certifications & Licenses: 
Licensed Psychologist, Arizona (1993)

Academic Information

Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Undergraduate School: 
BS Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin