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Jessica Y. Allen

Jessica Y. Allen

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Jessica AllenOffice:

Harbert 312

Contact Information:

Box 549037
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7788
Office Fax: (205) 226-4847
E-mail: ltrench@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

2013-2016: Assistant Professor (NTRC)
The University of Alabama, Department of Psychology

2014-2016: Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
The University of Alabama, Department of Psychology

2013-present: Faculty Associate Alabama Research Institute on Aging
The University of Alabama          

2012-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Rutgers University

Educational Background:

2012: Ph.D. Aging Studies
University of South Florida

2007: B.A.  Psychology
The University of Alabama

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Gerontology
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Bereavement, Grief, and Depression
  • Pedagogy
  • Professional Development and Career Planning

Research Interests:

My overarching research objective is to address psychological and physical challenges confronted by older adults and their families as they approach the end of life. My research is primarily applied and spans the end of life continuum from before end-of-life, to near end-of-life and, more recently, during bereavement. My prior research has focused on individual and group differences in advance care planning and life-sustaining treatment preferences, prognostication tools utilized in Medicare-certified hospice and palliative care organizations, and predictors of bereavement outcomes among former hospice caregivers. I have published in journals such as Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Stroke, and Aging & Mental Health and a co-authored book chapter in the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Courses Taught:

PY 101 Introduction to Psychology (1)
An introduction to the research, theory, and methods of psychological science.

PY 206: Special Topics in Psychology: Death, Dying & Bereavement PY 330: Clinical Psychology

PY 213: Psychological Disorders