Christopher T. Allen

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Christopher Allen


Christopher T. Allen


Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Professional Bio

I completed my Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology and a graduate certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, I held a postdoctoral appointment at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention. My research focuses on the study of gender-based violence and violence prevention.

Project Description

My New Connections project seeks to expand the field’s understanding of sexual assault at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to inform the development of culturally-informed health systems and services that can best support sexual assault survivors of color.

Research Interests

Gender-Based Violence; Violence Prevention; Evaluation; Psychometrics


Tolman, R.M., Casey, E., Allen, C.T., Carlson, J., Leek, C. Storer, H. L. (2016). A global exploratory analysis of men participation in gender-based violence prevention. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516670181

Casey, E., Tolman, R.M., Carlson, J., Allen, C.T., Storer, H. (2016). What motivates men’s involvement in gender-based violence prevention?: Latent class profiles and correlates in an international sample of men. Men and Masculinities. doi: 10.1177/1097184X16634801

Allen, C.T., Swan, S.C., Maas, C.D., & Barber, S. (2015). Validation of the Propensity for Abusiveness Scale in a sample of women charged with criminal domestic violence.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 30(13), 2326-2343,  doi: 10.1177/0886260514552450

Warren, P., Swan, S.C., & Allen, C.T. (2015). Comprehension of sexual consent as a key factor in the perpetration of sexual aggression among college men. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. 24(8), 897-913, doi:10.1080/10926771.2015.1070232

Allen, C.T., Ridgeway, R., & Swan, S.C. (2015). College students’ beliefs regarding help seeking for male and female sexual assault survivors:  Even less support for male survivors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma. 24(1), 102-115, doi: 10.1080/10926771.2015.982237

McMahon, S., Allen, C.T., Postmus, J.L., McMahon, S.M., & Hoffman, M.L. (2014). Measuring bystander Attitudes and behavior to prevent sexual violence. Journal of American College Health, 62(1), 58-66.

Allen, C. (2013). Gender as one’s eligibility to engage social practices:  Unpacking the relationship between masculinity and intimate partner violence. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, 10, 241-265.

Peterson, N.A., Speer, P.W., Armstead, T.L., & Allen, C.T. (2013). The influence of participation, gender, and organizational sense of community on psychological empowerment: The moderating effects of income. American Journal of Community Psychology. 51(1-2), 103-113.

Allen, C.T., Swan, S.C., & Raghavan, C. (2009). Gender symmetry, sexism & intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(11), 1816-1834.


The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2017
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems
  • Project Name:
    Examining sexual assault disclosure, help-seeking, and health at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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