James Allen, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

James Allen

Contact Info

jallen@d.umn.edu

Office Phone 218-726-7144

Fax 218-726-7559

Office Address:
SMed (DMed) 231

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

Graduate Faculty, Social & Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy

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PhD, University of Montana (Clinical Psychology, APA-accredited), 1990

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Psychology and History), 1984

Hutchings Psychiatric Institute, Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, APA-accredited,1989

Summary

I am a licensed psychologist with training background in community and clinical psychology. My clinical interests are in individual and family therapy and in assessment. My current work focuses on the implementation of multilevel interventions promoting health in American Indian/Alaska Native and rural communities.

Awards & Recognition

  • Fulbright Lecturer/Research Fellowship
  • Martin Mayman Award for Distinguished Contribution to Personality Assessment

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Current studies explore the effectiveness of culturally grounded preventive strategies for suicide, substance use, and health promotion; strengths-based approaches and the concept of community-level resilience; prevention of vascular risk; culture, health, and health services; and community engaged/ community-based participatory research. For over two decades our team has collaborated in a research relationship with Alaska Native community partnerships. Together we discovered many of the pathways to sobriety and reasons for life, using them to construct a positive, strengths-based framework for substance abuse and suicide prevention. We now are engaged in implementing and testing the effectiveness of a culturally grounded intervention for rural Alaska Native communities that has been supported through a series of NIAAA, NIMHD, NIMH, and NIDA awards. Our team also participated in a collaborative NSF project describing resilience strategies of circumpolar indigenous youth, and I have worked on an NINDS epidemiology of stroke and vascular risk among Alaska Native people. Other effort focuses on training providers to provide health services to Indigenous people and diverse cultural groups. While a Fulbright scholar at the University of Oslo, I developed an additional ongoing research interest in the experience of international refugees.

Research Funding Grants

  • Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research, National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Mental Health, 1 U19 MH113138-01, Multiple Principal Investigator, $4,509,349, 06/1/17-6/1/2022 (total cost, total project period).
  • Administrative Supplement for 1 U19 MH113138-01 Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research, National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Mental Health, 1 U19 MH113138-01, $100,000.
  • Qungasvik (Toolbox): Prevention of Alcohol/Suicide Risk in Alaska Native Youth, National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Mental Health, and Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, R01 AA023754, Multiple Principal Investigator, $3,697,913, 09/1/15-09/1/2020 (total cost, total project period).
  • Administrative Supplement for 1R01AA023754-01: Qungasvik (Toolbox): Prevention of Alcohol/Suicide Risk in Alaska Native Youth, Multiple Principal Investigator, $225,000, 09/01/2017-08/31/2120.
  • American Indian Wellness through Research Engagement (AIWRE), Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), Northwest Indian College, 1 S06 GM123552-01, Co-Investigator, $4,983,328, 07/1/17-7/1/2022, (total cost, total project period).
  • University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute: Community and Collaboration, National Institutes of Health / National Center for Advancing Translational Science, UL1TR002494-01, key personnel, $296,693, 03/30/2018-02/28/2023
  • Indigenous Cultural Understandings of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Research and Engagement (I-CARE), National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Aging, 1R56AG062307-01, co-I, $568,828, 09/01/2018-8/31/2023

Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications: see also: PubMed

  • Whitesell, N., Mousseau, A., Parker, M., Rasmus, S., & Allen, J. (in press). The evolution of research with Indigenous populations: Promising practices for promoting health equity through a rigorous, culturally informed intervention science. Prevention Science.
  • Rasmus, S. M., Trickett, E., Charles, B., John, S., & Allen. J. (2018; advance online). The Qasgiq Model as an Indigenous intervention: Using the cultural logic of contexts to build protective factors for Alaska Native suicide and alcohol misuse prevention. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Lewis, J., Allen, J., Boyd, K., Rasmus, S., Henderson, T. (2018: advance online). "We raise our grandchildren as our own:" Alaska Native grandparents raising grandchildren. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology.
  • Stanley, L. R., Swaim, R. C.,Kaholokula, J. K., Kelly, K. J., Belcourt, A., & Allen, J. The imperative for research to promote health equity in Indigenous communities. Prevention Science. Published online 6 November 2017. doi.org/10.1007/s11121-017-0850-9
  • Allen, J., Rasmus, S., Fok, C. C. T., Henry, D., & Qungasvik Team. Multi-level cultural intervention for the prevention of suicide and alcohol use risk with Alaska Native youth: A non-randomized comparison of treatment intensity. Prevention Science. 2018;19:174-185. doi: 10.1007/s11121-017-0798-9
  • Boden-Albala, B., Allen, J., Roberts, E.T., Bulkrow, L., Trimble, B. Ascertainment of Alaska Native stroke incidence 2005-2009: Lessons for assessing the global burden of stroke. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2017;26:2019–2026. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2017.06.007
  • Lewis, J. P., & Allen, J. Alaska Native Elders in recovery: Linkages between Indigenous cultural generativity and sobriety to promote successful aging.Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology. 2017;32:209-222. doi: 10.1007/s10823-017-9314-8.
  • Schweinitz, P., Nation, C., DeCou, C. R., Stewart, T. J., & Allen, J. Cultural perspectives on suicide from a rural Athabascan Alaska Native community: Wellness teams as a strengths-based community response. Journal of Rural Mental Health. 2017;41:4-16.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000066
  • Rasmus, S., Allen, J., Connor, W., & Freeman, W., Native Transformations Community Action Board, & Skewes, M. Native transformations in the Pacific Northwest: A strength-based model of protection against substance use disorder. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 2016;23:158-186. doi: 10.5820/aian.2303.2016.158
  • Philip, J., Ford, T., Henry, D., Rasmus, S., & Allen, J. Relationship of social network to protective factors in suicide and alcohol use disorder intervention for rural Yup’ik Alaska Native youth. Psychosocial Intervention. 2016;25:45-54. doi: 10.1016/j.psi. 2015.08.002
  • Henry, D., Dymnicki, A.B., Mohatt, N., Allen, J., & Kelly, J.G. Clustering methods with qualitative data: A mixed-methods approach for prevention research with small samples. Prevention Science. 2015;16:1007–1016. doi: 10.1007/s11121-015-0561-z
  • Fok, C.C.T., Henry, D., & Allen, J. Research designs for intervention research with small samples II: Stepped wedge and interrupted time-series designs. Prevention Science. 2015;16:967–977. doi: 10.1007/s11121-015-0569-4
  • Fok, C.C.T., Henry, D., & Allen, J. Maybe small is too small a term: Introduction to advancing small sample prevention science. Prevention Science. 2015;16:943–949. doi: 10.1007/s11121-015-0584-5
  • Henry, D., Fok, C. C. T., & Allen J. Why small is too small a term: Prevention science for health disparities, culturally distinct groups, and community-level intervention. Prevention Science. 2015;16:1026–1032. doi:10.1007/s11121-015-0577-4
  • Wexler, L., Chandler, M., Gone, J., Cwik, M., Kirmayer, L. J., LaFromboise, T., Brockie, T., O’Keefe, V., Walkup, J., & Allen, J. Advancing suicide prevention research with rural American Indian and Alaska Native populations. American Journal of Public Health. 2015;105:891-899. doi: 10.2105AJPH.2014.302517

Books

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. ( 2018). Improving health research on small populations: Proceedings of a workshop. Colditz, G. A., Allen, J., Kalton, G., Probst, J. C., Waller, L. A., Steering Committee. Kirkendall, N., White, J., Rapporteurs. Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and Board on Health Care Services, Health and Medicine Division, Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.17226/25112
  • Dana, R. H. & Allen, J. (ed.), (2008). Cultural competency training in a global society. NY: Springer.

Conference presentations

  • Rasmus, S., & Charles, B. & Allen, J. (April, 2018). A Yup’ik Alaska Native Model for CBPR and Interventions Reducing Risk for Youth Suicide and Alcohol Misuse. Center for Translational and Clinical Research Workshop. University of Montana. Missoula. MT.
  • Allen, J. (March, 2018). Precision Medicine, Forgotten Populations, and the Imperative for Tribally Controlled Research in Indigenous Communities. Summit for Native American and Rural Health, Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaboration, (MPMC) Grand Challenges Initiative, University of Minnesota Duluth campus, Duluth MN.
  • Charles, B., Rasmus, S., & Allen. J. (September 2017). Culturally grounded strategies to address social determinants of Alaska Native youth suicide by fostering community resilience.Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE). Denver, CO.
  • Allen. J., Rasmus, S., & Charles, B. (September 2017). Culture is prevention: Strategies to address social determinants of suicide/alcohol risk and foster resilience in Alaska Native communities. NIAAA Workshop to Explore Research Needs in Addressing Alcohol-Related Suicide. Rockville, MD.
  • Allen. J., Rasmus, S., & Charles, B. (August 2017). Cultural strategies for prevention to address social determinants of youth suicide and resilience in Indigenous communities. Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Allen, J., & Rasmus, S. (May 2017). Culture specific models of substance misuse recovery and protection: Applications to opiate misuse. Future Directions for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) with American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). NIDA Headquarters, Rockville, Maryland.
  • Allen, J., & Henderson, N. (March, 2017). Research in health disparities: Developing researcher-community collaborations. Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Summit, Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaboration, (MPMC) Grand Challenges Initiative, University of Minnesota Duluth campus, Duluth MN.
  • Charles, B., John, S., Nation, C, & Allen, J. (March, 2017). Qungasvik (toolbox) project: Utilizing a centuries old model of holistic community wellbeing through the Yup’ik Qasgiq model. Alaska Training Cooperative, 15 site national invited training session, originating from Hooper Bay Alaska.
  • Allen. J., Charles, B. Simeon, J., Jorene, J., Nation, C., Nu J., Shar, D., & Rasmus, S. (May 2016). Qungasvik “Toolbox”: A model for promoting reasons for life and well-being in Yup’ik communities. National Rural Health Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Allen. J., Rasmus, S., Charles, B., & Fok, C. C. T. (May 2016). Multi-Site Community Suicide and Alcohol Prevention Trial with Rural Alaska Native Youth: Outcomes from the Qungasvik Project.Symposium presentation at the Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA.
  • Donovan, D., Venner, K., Rasmus, S., Charles, B., Allen, J., & Wendt, D. (March 2016). Community-based Culturally-adapted Substance Use Disorder Interventions for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Symposium presentation to the 4th Annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting: Reducing Health Disparities through Addiction Science and Practice, San Diego, CA.
  • Rasmus, S., & Allen J. (March 2016).Promoting resilience and well-being. Presentation at theArctic Monitoring and Assessment Programs /EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on Research Needs for Arctic Health and Wellness, Fairbanks, AK.
  • Rasmus, S. Charles, B., Nation, C., & Allen, J. (December 2015). Indigenous Intervention Science Model for Alaska Native Communities. Poster presentation at The Value of Tribal Ecological Knowledge (TEK) for Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Research Workshop,National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, cosponsored by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Bethesda, MD.
  • Charles, B., Rasmus, S., & Allen, J. (September 2015). The Qasgiq Model for Intervention in Suicide Prevention. In Chatwood, S., Stoor, J.P., Charles, B., Rasmus, S., & Allen, J. Community-Based Research on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Advances and Gaps, Peter, E. Moderator, Invited Symposium at Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups (RISING SUN) Workshop 1. National Institute of Mental Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Institute of Public Health – Denmark, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Anchorage AK.
  • Rasmus, S., Charles, B., & Allen, J. (September 2015). Elluam Tungiinun “Towards Wellness” Project. Invited presentation to International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Match Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Charles, B., Allen, J., & Rasmus, S. (August 2015). Alaska Native Cultural Engagement in Research to Reduce Disparities in Suicide and Alcohol Misuse.Invited faculty presentation to National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities2015 Translational Health Disparities Course; Integrating Science, Practice, and Policy.National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD.
  • Kral, M. J., & Allen, J., (August, 2015). Community-Based Participatory Action Research, symposium presentation in Glenwick, D. & Jason, L. A., Community-Based Research: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods, American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada,
  • Allen, J., Rasmus, S. Charles, B., Joe, J., Fok, C. C. T., & Henry, D. (May, 2015). Community Intervention Development for a Prevention Trial with Rural Alaska Native Youth: Dose Effects in a Pilot Effectiveness Trial. Symposium presentation at the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

I teach medical students in the areas of health services to Indigenous people and diverse cultural groups, population health, integration with behavioral health, and rural health. I have previously taught undergraduate lifespan developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, cross-cultural psychology, community psychology, and senior seminar, and graduate courses in rural psychology, multicultural psychological assessment, multicultural psychotherapy, ethnicity and family therapy, psychopathology in cultural perspective, and community interventions for serious mental illness.