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Faculty Member - Clinical Psychology

Jason Van Allen, Ph.D.

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Position:

Assistant Professor

Education:

Ph.D., 2013

Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas

Contact:

Phone: (806) 834-7703

Fax: (806) 742-0818

Email: jason.vanallen@ttu.edu

Research Interests:

For those currently applying to graduate programs for the next academic year, Dr. Van Allen is interested in accepting a graduate student and would be happy to answer any questions via email at jason.vanallen@ttu.edu.

My research projects inform the work of our ENERGY (Examining Nutrition, Exercise, and Rest in Growing Youth) Lab.

The ENERGY Lab is dedicated to the study of health behaviors and health behavior change among children, adolescents, and their families. I am motivated to strike a balance between basic science and intervention development/implementation, by conducting research that builds upon the bidirectional relationship of these two components and incorporating basic research into my own intervention design. Specifically, my research program primarily will be focused on the role of goal-attainment processes (including expectations, motivation, and self-control) in health behavior among children with obesity (and health conditions generally), and how the manipulation of these processes through various levels of intervention is associated with health behavior change. Secondarily, I am interested in the use of technology to facilitate behavior change and improve the dissemination of interventions, and in the development and validation of psychological measures related to the above areas of inquiry.

Early projects in my lab are described below, and have 4 overarching objectives:

1. Understanding the associations - and mechanisms of association - between physical activity, nutrition, and sleep in youths and their caregivers.

2. To develop and disseminate interventions designed to improve children's health, particularly in the areas of obesity prevention and treatment.

3. To use advances in technology, including Telemedicine and eHealth, to reach youths in rural areas and to promote engagement in health promoting interventions.

4. To investigate the role of positive psychology constructs in child and adolescent functioning and health, and to improve the assessment of these constructs in research and clinical settings.

Some key words and phrases that reflect my research interests include pediatric psychology, health psychology, positive psychology, obesity/weight-management interventions, physical activity promotion, and sleep medicine.

Selected Research:

  • Van Allen, J., & Steele, R.G. (2012). Associations between changes in hope and changes in physical activity in a pediatric weight-management program. Children’s Health Care.
  • Van Allen, J., & Roberts, M. C. (2011). Critical incidents in the marriage of psychology and technology: A discussion of potential ethical issues in practice, education, and policy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(6), 433-439.
  • Steele, R. G., & Van Allen, J. (2011). Introduction to the special issue on the treatment of pediatric obesity: Bringing contexts and systems into focus. Children’s Health Care, 40(3), 171-178.
  • Van Allen, J., Davis, A. M., & Lassen, S. R. (2011). The use of telemedicine in pediatric psychology: Research review and current applications. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20, 55-66.
  • Kurylo, M., & Van Allen, J. (2011). Clinical significance. In J. S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Van Allen, J. (2010). An introduction to positive psychology in the physical health context. International Association of Health, Research, and Welfare, 1(1), 16.