Jennifer Allen, PhD

Jennifer Allen, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adults. She has extensive training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) including behavioral parent training, and is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist. Dr. Allen obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in Long Island and completed her pre-doctoral internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Throughout her career she has maintained a focus on using cognitive behavioral approaches to treat children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Selective Mutism as well as externalizing disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). At Hofstra University, Dr. Allen was a primary PCIT therapist in the Child and Parent Psychological Services Clinic under the direction of Dr. Phyllis Ohr, an expert PCIT Trainer. Dr. Allen was also a member of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinic at Hofstra University, and gained expertise in utilizing mindfulness-based approaches with adolescents and adults for a variety of presenting problems. Thus, Dr. Allen’s approach to treatment is characterized by principles of mindfulness and acceptance.

Prior to joining Westchester Anxiety Treatment, Dr. Allen worked in a variety of outpatient settings including the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center. Here, she served as a PCIT therapist, conducted behavioral parent training with parents of children exhibiting disruptive behavior, and consulted with numerous NYC schools in order to provide appropriate services and school-based interventions for school-aged children. Additionally, Dr. Allen previously worked at Academics West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, combining her background as a certified K-6 educator with her expertise in CBT to help children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits and learning differences reach academic success.