Nick   Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

University of Oregon

Ann Swindells Professor; Director, Center for Digital Mental Health; Associate Director of Clinical Training

Expertise: Mental HealthWell-beingPsychologyDepresssionDepression and AnxietyNeurosciencedigital mental healthprevention scienceadolescent mental healthadolescent mental health disorders

Nick Allen has more than thirty years of experience in clinical psychology, social neuroscience, research and education. His research works to understand the interactions between multiple risk factors for adolescent onset mental health disorders, and to use these insights to develop innovative approaches to prevention and early intervention. As the director of the Center for Digital Mental Health, his group holds multiple NIH funded grants for work focusing on the use of mobile and wearable technology to monitor risk for poor mental health outcomes including suicide, depression, and bipolar disorder. His team has developed software tools that combine active and passive sensing methods to provide intensive longitudinal assessment of behavior with minimal participant burden. The ultimate aim of these technologies is to develop a new generation of “just-in-time” behavioral interventions for early intervention and prevention of mental health problems. He is currently leading a project with Google to determine the effect that smartphone usage has on mental health.

Nick is also the co-founder and CEO of Ksana Health Inc, a company whose mission is to use research evidence and modern technology to revolutionize the delivery of mental health care through remote behavioral monitoring and adaptive, continuous behavior change support.

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New Report Outlines Science-Based Standards to Help Middle Schoolers Thrive Online

Researchers explain why 10 to 13 is a critical age to support youth in their use of tech–and what tech companies can do to improve wellbeing and online safety for middle-school-aged youth.
05-Dec-2022 07:50:37 PM EST

New Study Looks at How Smartphones Affect Mental Health

A University of Oregon-led study of Android users investigates the effects of smartphone use on mental and physical well-being.
25-May-2022 09:00:28 AM EDT

University of Oregon tackles children’s behavioral health with $425M+ gift

The University of Oregon has launched The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health, a bold new approach to addressing the behavioral and mental health care needs of Oregon’s children. The Portland-based institute is made possible by a lead gift of more than $425 million from Connie and Steve Ballmer, co-founders of Ballmer Group Philanthropy.
07-Mar-2022 02:05:15 PM EST

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