Jennifer D. Allen, DSc, MPH, RN

Jennifer D. Allen, DSc, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School Of Public Health
Jennifer D. Allen, DSc, MPH, RN


Dr. Allen received her Bachelor's degree in nursing and Master's degree in Community Health Nursing from Boston College. In addition, she has a Master's and Doctoral Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She began her nursing career in community health in international and domestic settings. This work sparked her interest in the roles of social, economic and environmental forces on health.

For the past 15 years, she has been an investigator in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her research has focused on the development and evaluation of community-based approaches to cancer prevention and control among medically underserved populations. She has conducted randomized trials of interventions designed to promote screening for breast and cervical cancers. In addition, she has developed computer-tailored interventions to promote informed decision-making for prostate cancer screening. Currently, she is studying interventions to promote uptake of the HPV vaccine among young women and parents of young girls.

Dr. Allen has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other foundations to conduct this work in churches, worksites, neighborhoods and other community settings. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Massachusetts Nurses' Association.