Dr. Allen studies community based long term care for older and middle aged people with chronic conditions and disabilities. She is particularly interested in policies and novel models of community based care designed to decrease reliance on institutional settings. She is currently investigating the individual,organizational and market factors associated with maintaining community residence among veterans discharged from rehabilitative care in VA nursing homes.
Dr. Allen is Professor of Medical Science and Sociology in the Departments of Community Health and Sociology. She is also Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown, and Associate Director of the VA Center on Systems, Outcomes and Quality in Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation (VA HSR&D REAP). Dr Allen has a long history of studying home care issues among people with disabilities. Her research focuses on both formal and family care, as well as technological assistance as a third home care resource. She is currently PI of a study funded by a Real Choice Systems Change grant to the RI Medicaid program to evaluate the effect of Rhode Island's efforts to expand options for community based care, including deinstitutionalization of low care nursing home residents, on the Medicaid population in RI nursing homes. She is also funded as an Investigator (Kasper and Freedman, Co-PIs)to develop measures of unmet need and other consequences of disability in the elderly population for the National Survey on Aging and Health, funded by the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Allen's second research interest is in the arena of women's health and well-being. Her work in the Veterans Administration focuses on the reintegration of female veterans following deployment to Iraq, with an emphasis on the impact of deployment stressors on the resumption of social roles. Finally, Dr. Allen studies quality of life issues among female cancer survivors with funding from the National Cancer Institute.
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