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Christopher Allen
Christopher Allen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Educational Background

Ph.D. – Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina
Graduate Certificate – Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina
M.A. – Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
B.A. – Psychological & Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College
B.A. – Sociology, Dartmouth College


Christopher Allen is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. His research focuses on the study of gender-based violence. Currently, his program of research is organized around the following areas:

  1. Examination of men’s under-representation in efforts to prevent gender-based violence
    In collaboration with researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Washington Tacoma, University of Kansas, and Stony Brook University, I am analyzing data from an international survey of men who have attended events related to preventing gender-based violence. This is the third phase of a larger project aimed at describing the range of approaches used globally to engage men proactively in the prevention of violence against women.
  2. Examination of institutional responses to gender-based violence
    I am working with faculty and staff in the School of Criminology and the Office of Student Affairs to examine the relations between the sexual misconduct investigatory process and student outcomes.
  3. Evaluation of programs to prevent gender-based violence
    In collaboration with researchers at the University of Kentucky, I am conducting an evaluation of the sexual violence bystander prevention programs offered at UMass Lowell. This project is a part of a multi-college study designed to identify best practices in bystander prevention programming.

In collaboration with Thrive Communities of Massachusetts, I am conducting an evaluation of Thrive’s Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program. CoSAs have been used successfully in countries around the world to support the reintegration of previously incarcerated individual and prevent recidivism for a range of criminal offenses.

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