Maureen Allwood

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Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Physiological Adaptation to Stress and Trauma, Youth Justice System Involvement


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Maureen Allwood is a Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on the developmental effects of youth trauma and violence exposure, particularly how cognitive, emotional, and physiological factors interact to predict negative outcomes, and how outcomes differ across sociodemographic groups. Dr. Allwood’s research examines how youth trauma response can be a risk factor for school failure, delinquent behaviors, substance use, poor mental, and poor physical health. She also examines trauma response factors that can be applied to promote post-trauma healing and recovery. Clinically, Dr. Allwood focuses on accessibility of effective treatment services, with emphasizes on the needs of youth of color, low-income youth, justice-involved youth, and immigrant and refugee communities.

Dr. Allwood’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and private foundations. Every aspects of her research is integrated with opportunities for student training and career building. Dr. Allwood serves as the Co-Director of the John Jay’s Psychology Department’s research mentorship program entitled, Diverse Leadership in Education and Advancement of Psychology (D-LEAP).  D-LEAP identifies underrepresented and first-generation undergraduate students by their Sophomore year and pair students with a mentorship team of faculty and graduate students for the purpose of research training and preparation for graduate school.

Dr. Allwood is also engaged in local, national, and international service. She serves on the NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP) peer review study section, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several other study sections and panels. She has served two terms as an elected Board member for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), an international interdisciplinary professional organization that advances knowledge about the impact of trauma, traumatic stress, and trauma treatments, globally. She is also a Trustee for the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Education Services (CASES), an agency providing a wide range of services for marginalized communities in New York City. She Chairs the Racial Equity and Diversity Committee of the Board at CASES.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Association of Black Psychology

Courses Taught

  • Therapeutic Interventions I (GC)
  • Therapeutic Interventions II (GC)
  • Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (GC)
  • Developmental Psychology (Undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Adolescence (Undergraduate)
  • Developmental Psychopathology (Undergraduate)


  1. *Adams, S. W., & Allwood, M. A. (2020). Profiles of home violence and posttraumatic stress symptoms among young adults: Distinguishing between trauma and adversity using latent class analysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication.
  2. *Manrique, M., Allwood, M. A., *Pugach, C., *Amoh, N., & *Cerbone, A. (2020). Time and support do not heal all wounds: Mental health consequences of adolescent bullying among college students. American Journal of College Health, 68, 227-235. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1538999
  3. Allwood, M. A. (2019). Developmental and measurement implications of using the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index with college students. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. DOI: 10.1007/s40653-019-0249-9
  4. *Amoh, N. & Allwood, M. A.  (2019). Violence exposure and psychopathology as potential correlates and risk factors of relational aggression. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 28, 577-593. DOI:10.1080/10926771.2019.1573773
  5. Allwood, M. A., Gaffey, A. E., Vegara-Lopez, C., & Stroud, L. R. (2017). Stress through the mind of the beholder: Preliminary associations of child and maternal perceptions of child stress in relation to child cortisol and cardiovascular activity. Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress, 20, 341-349. doi: 10.1080/10253890
  6. Allwood, M. A., Esposito-Smyther, C., Swenson, L. P., & Spirito, A. (2014). Moderating effects of negative cognitions in the relationship between PTSD and substance use in a psychiatrically hospitalized adolescent sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 1-9. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21907
  7. Allwood, M. A. & Widom, C. S. (2013). Child abuse and neglect, developmental role attainment, and adult arrests. Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency, 50, 551–578.

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice