Nicole E Allen

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Program Area: Clinical/Community

Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of Psychology

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Research Description

My research program has four major thrusts: a) to examine systems change processes in the response to social issues (namely, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and juvenile delinquency) and the role of collaborative settings in facilitating such change; b) to explore the experiences of individuals as they navigate complex systems (formal systems such as criminal justice, human service, health care, as well as informal systems such as faith-based settings, sororities, and social networks); c) to investigate the effectiveness of social interventions that aim to alter the contexts of individuals’ lives to promote health and well-being; and d) to examine the gendered nature and context of intimate partner violence.


  • Ph.D. from Michigan State University

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2003 Graduate Student Organization Instructional Award for Outstanding Teaching and Advising of Graduate Students, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
  • 2009/2010 Helen Corley Petit Scholar
  • 2011 Dazzling Woman Faculty Award, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Women’s Resource Center Annual Awards.
  • 2015 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement for the Psychological Services Center Advocacy Project. Project Director.
  • 2015 Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • 2016 University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


  • 2006 National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Coordinating the Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Collaborative Settings in Producing Systems Change. N. Allen, Principal Investigator. $356,830 funded.
  • 2009 Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration Children’s Mental Health Initiative. N. Allen, & M. Aber, Principal Co-Directors of Research Component. $1,800,000 over six years.
  • 2014 System of Care Statewide Expansion Implementation Grant. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Children’s Mental Health Initiative via State of Illinois. M. Aber & N. Allen, Principal Co-Directors of Research Component. $541,760 over four years.
  • 2015 Champaign County Community Mental Health Board. Evaluation of Mental Health Board Funded Programs. N. Allen & M. Aber, Co-Principal Investigators. $50,000 funded.

Recent Publications

Dworkin, E., Newton, E., & Allen, N. E. (in press). Seeing roses in the thorn bush: The complexity of sexual assault survivors’ perceptions of social reactions. Psychology of Violence.

Dworkin, E., Pittenger, S. & Allen, N. (in press). Disclosing sexual assault within social networks: A mixed-method investigation. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Dworkin, E. R., & Allen, N. (2016). Correlates of disclosure cessation after sexual assault. Violence against women, 1077801216675743.

Dworkin, E. R., Javdani, S., & Allen, N. E. (2016). If you build it, will they come? Explaining participation in family violence councils. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(4), 442-463.

Dworkin, E. R., Sorell, N. R., & Allen, N. E. (2016). Individual-and setting-level correlates of secondary traumatic stress in rape crisis center staff. Journal of interpersonal violence, 31(4), 743-752.

Javdani, S., & Allen, N. E. (2016). An ecological model for intervention for juvenile justice-involved girls development and preliminary prospective evaluation. Feminist Criminology, 11(2), 135-162.

Rana, S., & Allen, N. E. (2015). Centrality measures to identify key stakeholders in Family Violence Councils. Psychosocial Intervention, 24(3), 167-176.

Lehrner, A., & Allen, N. E. (2014). Construct validity of the Conflict Tactics Scales: A mixed-method investigation of women’s intimate partner violence. Psychology of violence, 4(4), 477.

Walden, A., Javdani, S., & Allen, N. (2014). Engaging conflict: Supporting power-sharing through constructive conflict resolution. Journal of Community Psychology, 42 (7), 854 – 868.

Allen, N. E., Todd, N., Anderson, C., Davis, S., Javdani, S., Bruehler, V., & Dorsey, H. (2013). Council-based approaches to intimate partner violence: Evidence for distal change in the systems response. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 1 – 12.

Allen, N. E., Larsen, S., Trotter, J., & Sullivan, C. (2013). Exploring the core components of an evidence-based community advocacy program for women with abusive partners. Journal of Community Psychology, 41 (1), 1 – 18.

Allen, N. E., Larsen, S., Javdani, S., & Lehrner, A. (2012) Council-based approaches to reforming the healthcare response to domestic violence: Promising findings and cautionary tales. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 50 – 63.

Shpungin, E., Allen, N.E., Loomis, C., Dello Stritto, M.E., & Swift, C. (2012). Keeping the spirit alive: Using feminist relevant methodology to raise awareness of inequities in a professional organization. Journal of Community Psychology, 40 (1), 44 - 61.

Allen, N. E., Javdani, S., Lehrner, A., & Walden, A. (2011). Changing the text: Modeling council capacity to produce institutionalized change. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 208 – 221.

Todd, N., & Allen, N.E. (2011). Religious congregations as mediating structures for social justice: A multilevel examination. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48 (3-4), 222 – 237.

Javdani, S., Allen, N. E., Todd, N., & Anderson, C. J. (2011). Examining systems change in the response to domestic violence: Innovative applications of multilevel modeling. Violence Against Women, 17 (3), 359 – 375.

Javdani, S., & Allen, N.E. (2011a). Councils as empowering contexts: Mobilizing the front line to foster systems change in the response to intimate partner violence. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48 (3-4), 208 - 221.

Lehrner, A., & Allen, N. E. (2009). Still a movement after all these years? Current tensions in the domestic violence movement. Violence Against Women ,15 (6), 656-677.

Lehrner, A., & Allen, N. E. (2008). Social change movements and the struggle over meaning-making: A case study of narratives of domestic violence. American Journal of Community Psychology, 42 (3-4), 220-234.

Allen, N. E., Lehrner, A., Mattison, E., Miles, T. & Russell, A. (2007). Promoting systems change in the health care response to domestic violence. Journal of Community Psychology, 35 (1), 103 - 120.

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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.