Joseph P.
Hugh Kelly Professor of Psychology

226G Gilmer Hall
Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-5

Research Focus

Adolescent Social Development, Family & Peer relationships, Problematic Behaviors (ranging from delinquency and teen pregnancy to depression and anxiety) and Long-term outcomes into adulthood

Adolescence Research Lab

  • What about adolescence predicts development into adulthood?
  • Adolescent social relationship predictors of long-term health and epigenetic aging
  • Development of peer influence and peer pressure in adolescence
  • Group interventions to capitalize on the positive potential of teen-peer relationships 
  • Development of Autonomy and Relatedness in Adolescent and Young Adult Social Interactions (with parents, peers, and romantic partners)
  • Adolescent attachment organization

Representative Publications

  • Allen, J. P., Narr, R. K., Nagel, A. G., Costello, M. A., & Guskin, K. (in  press). The Connection Project: Changing the Peer Environment to Improve Outcomes for Marginalized Adolescents. Development & Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579419001731
  • Allen, J. P., Narr, R. K., Kansky, J., & Szwedo, D. E. (2020). Adolescent Peer Relationship Qualities as Predictors of Long‐Term Romantic Life Satisfaction. Child Development, 91(1), 327-340. 
  • Allen, J. P., Grande, L., Tan, J., & Loeb, E. L. (2018). Parent and Peer Predictors of Attachment Security From Adolescence To Adulthood. Child Development, 89(4), 1120-1132. 
  • Allen, J. P., Loeb, E. L., Tan, J., & Narr, R. K. (2017). The body remembers: Adolescent conflict struggles predict adult interleukin-6 Levels. Development and Psychopathology, Online Version. doi:10.1017/S0954579417001754
  • Allen, J. P., Uchino, B. N., & Hafen, C. A. (2015). Running with the pack: Teen peer-relationship qualities as predictors of adult physical health. Psychological Science, 26(10), 1574-1583. doi:10.1177/0956797615594118
  • Allen, J. P., & Loeb, E. L. (2015). The autonomy-connection challenge in adolescent peer relationships Child Development Perspectives, 9(2), 101-105. doi:10.1111/cdep.12111