Kenneth J.D. Allen
I am a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Oberlin College, where I direct the Cognition, Affect, Self-regulation, & Health (C.A.S.H.) Laboratory. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University and completed my predoctoral residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. My lab employs behavioral tasks, psychophysiology, and computational methods to examine the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of self-destructive behaviors, including both "direct" (self-injury & suicide) and "indirect" self-harm (e.g., dysregulated eating & substance misuse). I am particularly interested in the interactive roles of (1) affective control and (2) reinforcement processes in predicting specific clinical trajectories and outcomes.