April 14, 2017

John Allen, Ph.D.

John Allen, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology

University of Arizona


I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison under the direction of mentors Loren and Jean Chapman, and completed my graduate training at the University of Minnesota under the direction of mentor William G.. Iacono. Following an internship at the VA medical center in Minneapolis, I joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at The University of Arizona in 1992, where I am currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience. My research involves using electroencephalographic and autonomic psychophysiological measures as endophenotypes in the quest to identify risk factors for depression. I am interested broadly in the etiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Specific approaches include the investigation of whether asymmetrical frontal brain activity may serve as a marker of risk for depression, the examination of whether alteration of cardiac vagal control may predict treatment response in depression, and the investigation of how neural systems underlying cognitive control may be altered in anxiety disorders.


Title of Grant Funded:
The interaction of candidate genes and frontal brain asymmetry in risk for depression
Additional Grants Received:

Imaging the “Affective” Anterior Cingulate in Depression

Current Research Update: “I am interested broadly in the etiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Listed below are the general themes addressed in my current research: Identifying risk factors for depression using electroencephalographic and autonomic psychophysiological measures, especially EEG asymmetry, resting state fMRI connectivity, and cardiac vagal control. Identifying causes of and developing novel treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, including Transcranial Ultrasound, EEG biofeedback, and Transcranial Direct Current and Transcranial Alternating Current. Understanding how emotion influences how individuals make decisions and monitor their actions, including error monitoring, reward learning, and cognitive control.”

How IMHR Helped Facilitate This Work: “Our 2004 Imaging grant started me on the path to using MRI in my work. We now have in place a simultaneous EEG-fMRI system thanks to this line of work, which began with that grant.”