Professor, Physical Therapy
BS, MSEd, University of Kansas, 1976, 1977
PhD, University of Maryland, 1979
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Washington, 1996
Joined Puget Sound faculty in 1998
Dr. Allen is responsible for teaching courses on anatomy, neuroscience, functional neuroanatomy, and psychological aspects of physical therapy practice. In addition to his physical therapy degree, he holds a PhD in psychophysiology, MSEd in health education and BS in both psychology and biology. His physical therapy practice focused on chronic pain, with emphasis on the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome. His primary research work now explores delayed modulation mechanisms of neuropathic pain. He is author of three textbooks and chapters in two editions of Bonica's Management of Pain. He has made over 100 national and international research presentations at venues including the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology, World Pain Congress, World Congress of Physical Therapy, World Congress of Neurology, American Pain Society, World Institute of Pain, European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists, APTA's Combined Sections Meetings, and APTA's Annual Conferences. He has published extensively in journals such as the international Journal of Physical Therapy, Psychophysiology, the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy, European Journal of Pain, Physiotherapy, and the International Journal of Sport Psychology. In 2005 he was a John Lantz Senior Research Fellow and has received the Brown Sequard Medal for his neurovascular innervation research from the Institut de Physiologie Nervologie and from the University of Puget Sound the Dirk Andrew Phibbs Memorial Research Award and the Teaching Excellence Award. Much of his research work is conducted with the integral involvement of his graduate physical therapy students and undergraduate neuroscience interns. So far, more than 90 of his students have presented research at national or international conferences, or published their work in professional journals, and four have received international research awards.