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Vincent Allen, Jr.

Vince is a 6th year clinical psychology graduate student

Research Interests: Vincent's research interest broadly is in understanding risk factors for HIV/AIDS among racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities. Specifically, Vincent's dissertation is examining the relationship between alcohol consumption and condom use among Black gay and bisexual men; understanding the ways in which substance use effect decision making around protected sexual behaviors.

Clinical Work: Clinically, Vincent is interested in the mental health of underserved groups, namely LGBT and African-American mental health. Vincent has a wealth of experience in utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat an array of mental health issues among adults, but also believes in an integrative approaches that includes components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches as well as cultural considerations to treat a person and their condition holistically. Following the scientist-practitioner model, Vincent hopes that his research can be used to create, implement, and adapt interventions to address the physical and mental health needs of African-American men, particularly gay and bisexual men.

Hobbies: In his free time, Vincent enjoys fitness, cooking, and traveling.

Vincent's Take on Los Angeles: "The best thing about LA is its diversity. It is an amazing blend of cultures, traditions, and people from all over the U.S. and the world."

View Vince's CV here.

Select Publications: 

Allen, V.C., Myers, H., Williams, J.K. (2013). Depression among Black bisexual men with early and later life adversities. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. (DOI) 10.1037/a00034128 PDF

Persky, S., Senay, I., Allen, V.C., Kaphingst, K.A. (2013). Effects of patient-provider race concordance and smoking status on lung cancer risk perception accuracy among African Americans. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, (DOI) 10.1007/s12160-013-9475-9. PDF

Allen, V.C., Lachance, C., Ellis-Ross, B., & Kaphingst, K.A. (2011). Issues in the assessment of “race” among Latinos. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 33(411), 411 - 424. PDF

Lachance, C., Erby, L., Ford, B., Allen, V.C., & Kaphingst, K.A. (2010). Informational content, literacy demands, and usability of websites offering health-related genetic tests direct to consumers. Genetics in Medicine, 12(5), 304 – 312. PDF

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