Nick Allen PhD

Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, and the Director of the Center for Digital Mental Health
University of Oregon

Nick Allen is the Ann Swindells Professor of Clinical Psychology at the
University of Oregon, and the Director of the Center for Digital Mental
Health. He is a leading researcher in the area of adolescent mental health,
especially for his work on adolescent depression and substance use. His
work aims to understand how children and adolescents are affected by the
environments in which they grow up, and has focused on how family and peer
interactions, stress, abuse, and socio-economic disadvantage influence
adolescent’s emotional functioning and the development of the biological
systems that undergird these emotions. The aim of this work is to inform
innovative approaches to early intervention and prevention by utilizing
this knowledge to generate and test novel, developmentally-targeted,
clinical and public health interventions, including studies focusing on
sleep, parenting, and teen sexual and romantic relationships. He is the
Director of the Center for Digital Mental Health (https://www.c4dmh.net/),
where his work also focuses on using mobile and wearable devices, and
social media, to unobtrusively track and analyze behavior in order to
detect mental health needs and provide adaptive, personalized interventions
exactly when users need them.

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