Department of Psychology

Jim Allen

Professor of Psychology

Spring 2012 Student Office Hours

Monday 12:30pm-1:45pm

Office:† 705C Gruening
Phone:† 474-6132
Fax:† 474-5781
Email:†
jrallen@alaska.edu


If unable to reach Dr. Allen, you can call the Psychology Department direct.

Contact Information:

Phone:† (907) 474-7007

Email:† uaf-psychology-dept@alaska.edu

Biographical Sketch

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Academic Background:


1990: University of Montana, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

1984: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Psychology and History

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Professional Interests:

My professional interests are in cultural psychology, which attempts to understand people as cultural beings through their own indigenous psychological perspectives, and rural community psychology, which actively works to enhance the strengths and quality of life in rural communities.

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Teaching:

I have taught undergraduate courses in lifespan developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, cross-cultural psychology, community psychology, and senior seminar. I have taught graduate courses in rural and Alaska psychology, multicultural psychological assessment, psychotherapy, family therapy, multicultural psychopathology, and community interventions for serious mental illness. I have been involved with the University of Alaska Fairbanks- University of Alaska Anchorage Joint PhD Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with Rural and Indigenous Emphasis beginning with its planning and inception, and currently teach the program required course on Rural and Alaska Psychology.

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Practice:

I work in partnerships on prevention projects with rural Alaska Native communities. I am also interested in training psychologists for rural work. As a clinician, I am particularly interested in in culturally responsive individual and family therapy for youth and adults, multicultural psychological assessment, and in programs that allow people with serious mental illness to live comfortably in their community,


Publications

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Books:

.Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (2008). Cultural Competency Training in a Global Society. NY: Springer

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Selected Book Chapters:

Allen , J. & Walsh, J.R. (2000). A construct-based approach to equivalence: Methodologies for cross-cultural and multicultural personality assessment research. In R. H. Dana, (ed.), Handbook of multicultural/cross-cultural personality assessment (pp. 63-85). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum

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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.

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

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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).

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Mohatt, G.V., 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Book Reviews:

Allen, J. (2008). This Decision Not to Drink. A review of Bea Medicine’s ‘Drinking and Sobriety in Lakota Society.’ Wicazo Sa Review, 23, 152-154.

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Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

In Chronological Order

Nelson, C. & Allen, J. (1994). Effects of maternal hospitalization in early childhood: Anticipated anxiety associated with separation for childbirth and surgery. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 19, 629-642.

Allen, J., Walsh, J.A., Murphy, K.C., & Seekins , T. (1995). Rural multidisciplinary pain center follow-up study: † Evaluation with a no-treatment comparison group. American Journal of Pain Management. 5, 126-132.

Dana, R., Conner, M.G., & Allen, J. (1996). Quality of care and cost-containment in managed mental health: Policy, education, research, advocacy . Psychological Reports, 79, 1395-1422.

Allen, J. (1998). Personality assessment with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Instrument considerations and service delivery style. Journal of Personality Assessment, 70, 17-42.

Nelson, C. & Allen, J. (1999). Reduction of healthy children’s fears related to hospitalization and medical procedures: The effectiveness of multimedia computer instruction in pediatric psychology. Children’s Health Care, 28, 1-13.

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

Allen, J. (2002). Assessment training for practice in American Indian and Alaska Native settings. Journal of Personality Assessment , 79, 216-225.

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. & 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: 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 (Special Issue). From http://www.uchsc.edu/ai/ncaianmhr/journal/index.htm

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 (Special Issue). From http://www.uchsc.edu/ai/ncaianmhr/journal/index.htm

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 (Special Issue). From http://www.uchsc.edu/ai/ncaianmhr/journal/index.htm

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 (Special Issue). From http://www.uchsc.edu/ai/ncaianmhr/journal/index.htm

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

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. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 32, 41-59.

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

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.

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.

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

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 .

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.

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.

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.

Allen, J ., Mohatt, G. V., Markstrom , C. Byers, L., Novins , D., (in press). Oh no, we are just getting to know you”: The relationship in research with children and youth in indigenous communities, Child Development Perspectives.

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.

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.

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.

Fok, C. C. T., Allen, J., Henry, D., Mohatt, G .V. & People Awakening Team (in press). The Multicultural Mastery Scale for youth: Multidimensional assessment of culturally mediated coping strategies, Psychological Assessment.

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

Fok, C.C.T., Allen, J, Henry, D., & People Awakening Team (in press). The Brief Family Relationships Scale: An adaptation of the relationship dimension of the Family Environment Scale. Assessment.




Research:


My research interests include strengths based cultural approaches to universal prevention of suicide and alcohol abuse among Alaska Native people, development of culturally grounded preventative and health services for Alaska Native people, resiliency processes and healthy development of Alaska Native and other circumpolar indigenous youth, prevention of stroke and hypertension among Alaska Native people, and multicultural practice.

Our university research group currently collaborates in community partnerships on a participatory research project. Together, we are testing a cultural intervention that promotes reasons for living and sobriety among youth in Alaska Native rural villages. We hope to establish it as the first evidence based practice for Alaska Native people. Over the past decade, we have collaborated with Alaska Native people from throughout the state on research to discover Alaska Native developmental pathways to sobriety and reasons for life. Our community collaborators have used this knowledge to design of a cultural intervention that we are currently testing through a National Center for Minority Health Disparities funded prevention trial. We are also collaborating on a National Science Foundation funded International Polar Year study of the resilience processes of circumpolar indigenous youth. Here we seek to understand the local pathways to adulthood of young people from remote international circumpolar indigenous communities.

I am also engaged in collaboration with the Alaska Native Tribal health Consortium on epidemiology of stroke in Alaska Native people and interested in future work in the prevention of hypertension, and I am assisting a new investigator on project exploring Alaska Native grandparenting . Much of my additional effort is in support of the research of the Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR), where I serve as Associate Director, and I lead the Experimental Design, Biostatistics, and Data Services core. Another research strand asks how do we best train culturally competent providers to provide assessment and health services in a diverse, globalized world. While a Fulbright scholar at the University of Oslo, I studied the experience of international refugees, who share with indigenous people similar involuntary acculturation and group traumatic experiences.

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