John Allen

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Distinguished Professor, Clinical and Cognition Neural Systems
Director, Psychophysiology Laboratory
Director, Depression Risk Laboratory

1986 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Psychology
1991 University of Minnesota, Master of Arts, Psychology
1992 University of Minnesota, Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology
1993 Licensed Psychologist in the State of Arizona

(520) 621-4992
Psychology 440 / Psychology 409 (Lab)
Research Interests: 
  • Identifying risk factors for depression using electroencephalographic and autonomic psychophysiological measures
  • Identifying causes of and developing novel treatments for mood and anxiety disorders
  • Understanding how emotion influences how individuals make decisions and monitor their actions

My research spans several areas, but the main focus is the etiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. I am interested in identifying risk factors for depression using electroencephalographic and autonomic psychophysiological measures, especially EEG asymmetry, resting state fMRI connectivity, and cardiac vagal control. 

Based on these findings, I wish to develop novel and neurally-informed treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, including Transcranial Ultrasound, EEG biofeedback, and Transcranial Direct Current and Transcranial Alternating Current. 

Other work includes understanding how emotion and emotional disorders influence the way we make decisions and monitor our actions.

Selected Publications: 
Stewart, J.L., Bismark, A.W., Towers, D.N., Coan, J.A., & Allen, J.J.B. (2010). Resting frontal EEG asymmetry as an endophenotype for depression risk: Sex-specific patterns of frontal brain asymmetry. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119 ,502-512. PMCID: PMC2916182
Cavanagh, J.F., Zambrano-Vazquez, L., & Allen, J.J.B. (2012). Theta Lingua Franca: A common mediofrontal substrate for action monitoring processes. Psychophysiology, 49, 220-238. PMCID: PMC3262926
Schafer, S.M., Wager, T.D., Mercado, R.A. Jr., Thayer, J.F., Allen, J.J.B., & Lane, R.D. (2015) Medial visceromotor network dysfunction in Major Depression is partially ameliorated by sertraline. Psychosomatic Medicine.77, 752-761.
Sanguinetti, J. L., Smith, E., Allen, J. J. B., Hameroff, S. (2014). Human brain stimulation with transcranial ultrasound (TUS); Potential applications for mental health. In Bioelectromagnetic Medicine. (pp. 355-361), New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Smith, E.E., Cavanagh, J.F., & Allen, J.J.B. (2018). Intracranial source activity (eLORETA) related to scalp-level asymmetry scores and depression status. Psychophysiology. 2018;55:e13019. DOI:10.1111/psyp.13019
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