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.