Greg Allen

Greg Allen

Associate Professor


School Psychology

Email
gallen@austin.utexas.edu

Office & Hours

Office: SZB 254A
Monday: 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Phone
(512) 471-0218

Fax
(512) 475-7641

Courses of Instruction
Advanced Practicum
Biological Basis of Behavior
Introduction to Biomedical Issues in Autism
Neuropsychological Assessment & Intervention

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, Texas 78712
UT Mail Code: D5800

Full Vita
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Profile

Dr. Allen’s research is primarily focused on two complementary interests, the function of the cerebellum and the neural basis of autism spectrum disorders, which he investigates using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological methods.  In autism spectrum disorders, the cerebellum is one of the most commonly reported sites of brain abnormality.  Dr. Allen’s current studies are investigating how changes in the cerebellum impact the development of brain connectivity, and how the development of aberrant cerebellar connections might impact behavior and the symptoms of autism.

Education

B.A., American University, Washington, D.C., 1992 

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Track), Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Hillside Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY, 1999-2000

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Specialty Track: Neuropsychology, San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, 2000

Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2000-2002

Representative Publications

Allen, G. (In preparation). The neurobiology of autism spectrum disorders. Wiley.

Miller, H. L., Odegard, T. N., Allen, G. (2014). Evaluating information processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The case for Fuzzy Trace Theory. Developmental Review, 34(1), 44-76.

Zaidel, L., Allen, G., Cullum, C. M., Briggs, R. W., Hynan, L. S., Weiner, M. F., McColl, R., Gopinath, K., McDonald, E., & Rubin, C. D. (2012). Donepezil effects on hippocampal and prefrontal functional connectivity in Alzheimer’s Disease: Preliminary report. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 31, 221-226.

Allen, G. (2011). Functional neuroanatomy of the cerebellum. In A. Davis (Ed.), Handbook of pediatric neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer.

Allen, G. (2011). The cerebellum in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In: E. Hollander, A. Kolevzon, & J. Coyle (Eds.), Textbook of autism spectrum disorders (pp. 375-385). American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Recent Awards

Fellow in the Cissy McDaniel Parker Fund in Education, 2011-2012

NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, 2003-2007

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Research Award, 2006

Current Research Projects and Grants

R01 MH077147 (P. I.), National Institute of Health and National Institute of Mental Health, Cerebellar Anatomic and Functioning Connectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2008-2013, $752,220.

Graduate School Diversity Mentoring Fellowship (P. I.), The University of Texas at Austin Cerebellar Function and Connectivity in Autism, 2010-2011, $24,250.

Research Interests and Expertise

The overarching goals of Dr. Greg Allen’s research are to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological methods to: identify brain systems that are different from normal in autism spectrum disorders (ASD); determine whether and how these differences are related to ASD symptoms; guide the search for ASD causes; guide the search for ASD treatments; and evaluate responses to treatment.