Before joining the faculty at John Jay as an Assistant Professor in 2007 she completed a predoctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium and a NIMH funded postdoctoral research fellowship at Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Allwood’s research focuses on the developmental effects trauma and violence exposure. She is interested in both the psychological and biological aspects of youth posttraumatic stress response, with particular interest in how psychological (e.g., cognitive appraisals) and biological (e.g., physiological hyperarousal) markers of trauma interact to predict negative outcomes, such as school failure, delinquency, substance use, and suicide among trauma-exposed youth. Dr. Allwood is also interested in examining the mechanisms by which trauma and violence exposure in youth may lead to poor health and mental health outcomes in adulthood. Dr. Allwood is also interested in minority, immigrant, and refugee mental health, as well as global mental health initiatives.
Dr. Allwood teaches doctoral courses in Therapeutic Interventions, Diversity, and Child and Adolescent Clinical Interventions, with particular focus on empirically supported treatments and evidence based practice. Dr. Allwood also teaches Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology courses at the undergraduate level.