James Allen

Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences
Member, Duluth Medical Research Institute Graduate Faculty, Social & Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy
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Academic Background:
1990: University of Montana, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, APA-accredited
1989: Hutchings Psychiatric Institute, Internship in Clinical Psychology, APA-accredited
1984: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Psychology and History

Professional Interests:
I am a licensed psychologist with interests in individual and family therapy. Current work focuses on multilevel community interventions for American Indian/Alaska Native, and rural community health.

Teaching:
I currently teach medical students in the areas of cultural competency training, population health, integration with behavioral health, and rural health. I have previously taught undergraduate lifespan developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, cross-cultural psychology, community psychology, and senior seminar, and graduate courses in rural psychology, multicultural psychological assessment, multicultural psychotherapy, ethnicity and family therapy, multicultural psychopathology, and community interventions for serious mental illness.

Research:
Current studies explore the effectiveness of culturally grounded preventive strategies for suicide, substance use, and health promotion; youth and community level resilience; prevention of vascular risk; cultural issues in health services; and community based participatory research. For almost two decades our team has collaborated in a research relationship with Alaska Native community partnerships to discover Alaska Native developmental pathways to sobriety and reasons for life, and a cultural intervention grounded in these findings. We seek to establish the first evidence based practice for Alaska Native people through these NIMHD, NIAAA, and NIDA funded projects. We also participate in a collaborative NSF project on the resilience strategies engaged by circumpolar indigenous youth and an NINDS funded project on epidemiology of stroke and vascular risk in Alaska Native people. Other work studies how to train providers to provide assessment and health services to diverse cultural groups. While a Fulbright scholar at the University of Oslo, I studied the experience of international refugees.
 

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:  see also: PubMed

Allen, J., Hopper, K., Wexler, L., Kral, M., Rasmus, S., Nystad, K. (2013). Mapping resilience pathways of Indigenous youth in five circumpolar communities. Transcultural Psychiatry, Prepublished August 21, 2013, doi: 10.1177/1363461513497232

Rasmus, S., Ford, T., Allen, J. (in press). “Where I Have to Learn the Ways How to Live:” Youth Resilience in a Yup'ik Village in Alaska. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Rivkin, I. D., Trimble, J., Lopez, E., Johnson, S., Orr, E., & Allen, J. (2013). Disseminating research in rural Yup’ik communities: Challenges and ethical considerations in moving from discovery to intervention development. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72, 20958 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.20958 

McKay, J. C., Vásquez, Á. R., Chipp, C. L., Ford, T. J., Robinson, R. V., Sharma, D. K. B., Johnson, S. H. Nelson, R. A., Boschma-Wynn, R. V., Whipple, J. L., Dulin, P. L., Allen, J. (2013). Divided by miles, connected by purpose: Telepsychology technology in a graduate training program. Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 7(3), 166-173. doi: 10.1037/a0033568

Allen, J., Fok, C.C.T., Henry, D., Skewes, M., & People Awakening Team (2012). Umyuangcaryaraq “reflecting”: Multidimensional assessment of reflective processes about the consequences of alcohol use among Yup’ik Alaska Native youth. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38, 5, 468–475. doi:10.3109/00952990.2012.702169

Henry, D., Allen, J., Fok, C.C.T., Rasmus, S., Charles, B., & People Awakening Team. (2012). Patterns of protective factors in an intervention for the prevention of suicide and alcohol abuse with Yup'ik Alaska Native youth. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38, 5, 476–482.doi:10.3109/00952990.2012.704460

Tingvold, L., Hauff, E., Allen, J., & Middelthon, A. (2012). Seeking balance between past and present: Vietnamese refugee parenting practices and adolescent well-being. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, 4, 563-574. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2012.03.004 

Fok, C.C.T., Allen, J., Henry, D., & People Awakening Team The Brief Family Relationships Scale: An adaptation of the relationship dimension of the Family Environment Scale. Assessment. Prepublished November 14, 2011, doi:10.1177/1073191111425856 

Fok, C. C. T., Allen, J., Henry, D., Mohatt, G .V. & People Awakening Team (2012). The Multicultural Mastery Scale for youth: Multidimensional assessment of culturally mediated coping strategies, Psychological Assessment, 24, 2, 313-327. doi: 10.1037/a0025505 

Ford, T., Rasmus, S., & Allen, J. (2012). Being useful: Achieving indigenous youth involvement in a community-based participatory research project in Alaska. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 71, 18413 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v71i0.18413 

Tingvold, L., Middelthon, A., Allen, J., & Hauff, E. (2012). Parents and children only? Acculturation and the influence of extended family members among Vietnamese refugees. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, 2, 260–270

Allen, J., Mohatt, G. V., Markstrom, C. Novins, D., Byers, L. (2012). Oh no, we are just getting to know you: The relationship in research with children and youth in Indigenous communities. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 1, 55-60

Allen, J., Levintova, M. & Mohatt, G.V. (2011). Suicide and alcohol related disorders in the U.S. Arctic: boosting research to address a primary determinant of circumpolar health disparities. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 70, 473-487

Mohatt, N., Fok, C. C. T., Burket, R., Henry, D., & Allen, J. (2011). The Ellangumaciq Awareness Scale: Assessment of awareness of connectedness as a culturally-based protective factor for Native American youth. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. 17, 444-455

Ulturgasheva, O., Wexler, L., Kral, M., Allen, J, Mohatt, G.V., Nystad, K. & CIPA Team (2011). Navigating international, community-based participatory health research: Indigenous culture, social change, and negotiating pathways to adulthood in five circumpolar communities. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 4, 50-59

Allen, J., Mohatt, G. V., Fok, C. C. T., Henry, D., & People Awakening Team. (2009). Suicide prevention as a community development process: Understanding circumpolar youth suicide prevention through community level outcomes. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, Special issue: Occurrence and prevention of suicides in circumpolar areas, 68, 274-291. PMCID: 19705659

Jurcevic, S., Vlastelica, M., Allen, J., & Dahl, S. (2008). Gender differences in war-related disappearance in Croatia (1991-1995). Psychiatria Danubina, 20, 1, 53-62

Jurcevic, S., Allen, J., Dahl, S. (2007). Gender Differences in War-Related Disappearance: Croatian Experiences, 2005. Military Medicine, 172, 4, 370-375

Mohatt, G.V., Rasmus, S.M., Thomas, L., Allen, J., Hazel, K., Marlatt, G.A., The People Awakening Team. (2007). Risk, Resilience, and Natural Recovery: A Model of Recovery from Alcohol Abuse for Alaska Natives. Addiction, 103, 205–215

Doorack, J., Allen, J., Battaglia, J. (2007). Co-occurring SAD symptomatology and schizophrenia at high Latitude: A pilot study. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 66, 248-256

Allen, J. (2007). A multicultural assessment supervision model to guide research and practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38, 248-258

Allen, J., Mohatt, G.W., Hazel, K., Rasmus, M., Thomas, L. & Lindley, S.& PA Team (2006). The tools to understand: Community as co-researcher on culture specific protective factors for Alaska Natives. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 32, 41-59

Allen, J. & Dana, R.H. (2004), Methodological issues in cross–cultural and multicultural Rorschach research. Journal of Personality Assessment, 82, 189-206

Mohatt, G.V, Hazel, K.L., Allen, J., Stachelrodt, M., Hensel, C., Fath, R. (2004). Unheard Alaska: Culturally anchored participatory action research on sobriety with Alaska Natives. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33, 263-273 

Allen, J., LeMaster, P., & Deters, P. (2004). Mapping pathways to services: Description of local service systems for American Indian and Alaska Native children by Circles of Care. Journal of American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 11(2), 65-87.
doi: 10.5820/aian.1102.2004.65

Simmons, T. M., Novins, D., & Allen, J. R. (2004). Words have power: (Re)–defining serious emotional disturbance for American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families. Journal of American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 11(2), 59-64.
doi: 10.5820/aian.1102.2004.59

Bess, G. & Allen, J. (2004). The evaluation lifecycle: A retrospective assessment of stages and phases of the Circles of Care program. Journal of American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research , 11(2), 30-41.
doi: 10.5820/aian.1102.2004.30

Thurman, P. J., Allen, J., & Deters, P. (2004). The Circles of Care evaluation: Doing participatory evaluation with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Journal of American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research , 11(2), 139-154
doi: 10.5820/aian.1102.2004.139

Mohatt, G. V., Rasmus, S. M., Thomas, L. Allen, J., Hazel, K., & Hensel, C. (2004). “Tied Together Like a Woven Hat:” Protective Pathways to Alaska Native Sobriety, Harm Reduction, 1. From http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/1/1/10 

Whatley, J.P., Allen, J. & Dana, R.H. (2003). Racial Identity and the MMPI in African American Male College Students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 9, 344-352

Allen, J. (2002). Assessment Training for Practice in American Indian and Alaska Native Settings. Journal of Personality Assessment, 79, 216–225

Shelton, P., Hartmann, A.M., Allen, J. (2002). Seasonal photoperiod, gender, and P300. Biological Psychology, 60, 151–171 

 Books

Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (ed.), (2008). Cultural competency training in a global society. NY: Springer.

Selected Recent Book Chapters and Media

Allen, J., Lewis, J., Johnson-Jennings, M. (in press). Well-being and health counseling. In P. B. Pedersen, J. G. Draguns, W. J. Lonner and J. E. Trimble, Counseling across cultures, 7e, (pp. XXX-XXX). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lewis, J., Allen, J., & Fleagle, E. (in press). “We have to go through the problem:” Internalized oppression and Alaska Native people. Internalized oppression: The psychology of marginalized groups, (pp. XXX-XXX). NY: Springer.

Allen, J., Rivkin, I. D., & Lopez, D. S. (2013). Health and well-being. In F. Leong, J. Trimble, L. Comas-Diaz, G. Nagayama Hall, & V. McLloyd. APA handbook of multicultural psychology, (p. XXX-XXX). Washington, DC: APA Press.

Allen, J., Henry, D., Fok, C. C. T., & People Awakening Team. (2012). Adapting a Brief Measure of the Relationship Dimension in Yup’ik Alaska Native Families. Narrated online presentation, Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2(3). http://www.gjcpp.org/en/resource.php?issue=8&resource=68

Trimble, J., Rivkin, I. D., Johnson, S., Lopez, D. S., Orr, E., Allen, J., Fok, C., & Henry, D. B. (2012). ‘Taringenqegcallrat cayarat umyuat-llu': Indigenous understandings in community based participatory research. Symposium published online, Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2(3). http://www.gjcpp.org/en/resource.php?issue=8&resource=65

Allen, J., Mohatt, G. V., Rasmus, S. M., Two Dogs, R., Ford, T., Iron Cloud Two Dogs, E., Moves Camp, R. & People Awakening Team, (2011). Cultural Interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native youth: The Elluam Tungiinun and Nagi Kicopi programs. In P. Spicer, P. Farrell, M. Sarche, & H. E. Fitzgerald (eds.), Child psychology and mental health: Cultural and ethno-racial perspectives, American Indian child psychology and mental health, Volume 2: Prevention and Treatment. NY: Praeger Publishers.

Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (2008). The human face of globalization. In Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (ed.), Cultural Competency Training in a Global Society, (pp. 5-24). NY: Springer.

Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (2008). Globalization: Psychological problems and social needs. In Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (ed.), Cultural competency training in a global society, (pp. 25-42). NY: Springer.

Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (2008). Transitions integrating research and practice. In Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (ed.), Cultural competency training in a global society, (pp. 67-78). NY: Springer.

Mohatt, J., Allen, J., & Thomas, L. (2007). Drug and alcohol abuse in cross-cultural counseling. In P. B. Pedersen, J. G. Draguns, W. J. Lonner and J. E. Trimble, Counseling across cultures, 6e, (pp. 395-414). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Allen, J., Mohatt, G.W., Hazel, K., Rasmus, M., Thomas, L. & Lindley, S. (2006). The tools to understand: Community as co-researcher on culture specific protective factors for Alaska Natives. In Reeb, R., (ed.), Community action research: Benefits to community members and service providers. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press. (Simultaneously published in Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community).

Allen, J., Vaage, A. B., & Hauff, E. (2006). Refugees and asylum seekers in societies. In Sam, D. & Berry, J. (ed.), Cambridge handbook of acculturation psychology. (pp. 198-217). London: Cambridge University Press.

Allen, J. (2006). Ethnic identity development measures: Black racial identity attitude scale. Encyclopedia of multicultural psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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