I'm currently an Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Florida International University (Miami, FL) and Director of the Neurocircuitry & Cognition Lab. My research (allenlab.fiu.edu) is aimed at understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of learning and memory, and at uncovering how these abilities emerge from direct and indirect interactions between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. These interactions are critical not only for learning and memory, but may hold critical pieces in our understanding of numerous mental health disorders.
I received a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Yale University in 2008 with Dr. Thomas H. Brown. I subsequently joined the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine as a Postdoctoral Scholar (2009-2013) and Research Scientist (2014-2015) working with Dr. Norbert J. Fortin and collaborating with Dr. Craig E. L. Stark. In August 2015 I joined the faculty at Florida International University.