Dr. Allan is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2016 in clinical psychology. Dr. Allan’s program of research is focused on disentangling the role of risk factors in the etiology of emotional distress disorders (i.e., mood and anxiety). In line with the RDOC approach advanced by NIMH, Dr. Allan conducts his research through a translational research framework in which basic science is used to inform clinical practice and vice versa. This approach is optimized as a multidisciplinary approach involving integration of multiple units of analysis. Dr. Allan is particularly interested in integrating neurophysiological (EEG), experimental, and self-report approaches to studying risk factors for emotional distress disorders. He also is focused on utilizing advanced quantitative approaches, particularly structural equation modeling to answer his research questions.
Within a translational framework, Dr. Allan explores the complex relations between risk factors that have been implicated in multiple emotional distress disorders (i.e., transdiagnostic risk factors). Examples of such risk factors include anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of anxious arousal), intolerance of uncertainty (IU; the inability to tolerate the possibility of current and future negative events), and distress tolerance (DT; the perceived ability to tolerate distressing emotions). Targeting these and other risk factors independently, and in tandem, Dr. Allan’s research encompasses three interrelated aims: (1) to develop an empirically-based model of transdiagnostic risk factors for emotional distress disorders (2) to design indices of transdiagnostic risk factors across psychometric, behavioral, and neurophysiological units of analysis, and (3) to determine the mechanistic role of transdiagnostic risk factors as brief intervention targets for emotional distress disorders.