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Jennifer Allen, PhD
Jennifer Allen, PhD

Jennifer Allen, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



Postdoctoral FellowshipSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
APA Accredited Internship – Center for Behavioral Medicine, Kansas City, MO
PhD – Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
MS – Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
BA – University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Research Interests

  • Pediatric pain management
  • Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)
  • Health Behavior

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric pain and somatic concerns
  • Opioid misuse and abuse
  • Eating behavior
  • Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)


Selected Publications

Heidelberg, RE, Douglas, C, Turner, E, Elliott, A, Crabtree, VM, Allen, JM. Psychosocial collaboration fosters connection in times of isolation. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 39(3), 340-343, 2021. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2021.1894525

Ast, A, Meyer, M, Heidelberg, RE, Allen, JM, Ly, A, Spraker-Perlman, H. Development of a pediatric integrative oncology program: Pearls, barriers, and future directions. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 6(1), 2021. doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101005

Allen, J, Niel, K, Guo, A, Su, Y, Zhang, H, Anghelescu, D. Psychosocial factors and psychological interventions: Implications for chronic post-surgical pain in pediatric patients with osteosarcoma. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2020. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10880-020-09748-y

Huang, I., Alberts, N.M., Buckley, M.G., Li, Z., Ehrhardt, M.J., Brinkman, T.M., Allen, J., Krull, K.R., Klosky, J.L., Greene, W.L., Srivastava, K., Robison, L.L., Hudson, M.M., Anghelescu, D.L. Change in pain status and subsequent opioid and marijuana use among long-term adult survivors of childhood cancer. JNCI Cancer Spectrum 2020.

Harman, JL, Allen, J., Anghelescu, DL. Acute neuropathic pain during antibody infusions as cancer therapy in children. Pediatric Pain Letter 21(2), 23-26, 2019.

Parris KR, Harman JL, Jurbergs N, Allen JM, Canavera, KE. Beyond clinical practice in pediatric psychology: Illustrative experiences in influencing practice changes, public opinion, and governmental relations. Psychological Services advance online publication, 2019.

Allen, J.M., Jurbergs, N., Crabtree, V.M., Russell, K., & Harman, J.L. Changing parental responses to pediatric hematology/oncology pain with a single session, operant-based group intervention. Pediatric Pain Letter 20(3), 33-37, 2018. 

Canavera K, Allen J, Johnson LM. The need for improved access to mental health services for youth with medically unexplained symptoms. Am J Bioeth 18(5):29-31, 2018.

Allen J, Willard VW, Klosky JL, Li C, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Phipps S. Posttraumatic stress-related psychological functioning in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Cancer Surviv 12(2):216-223, 2018.

Allen JM, Graef DM, Ehrentraut JH, Tynes BL, Crabtree VM. Sleep and Pain in Pediatric Illness: A conceptual review. CNS Neuroscience & Therapuetics 22:880-893, 2016.

Pashak TJ, Hagen JW, Allen JM,  Selley RS. Developmental assets: Validating a model of successful adaptation for emerging adults. College Student Journal 2:243-248, 2014.

Last update: December 2021