Professor Emerita of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Dr. Allen is Professor Emerita of Health Services, Policy and Practice in the School of Public Health. She was Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown, and Associate Director of the VA Center on Systems, Outcomes and Quality in Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation. Dr Allen has a long history of studying home care issues, including family caregiving, among people with disabilities. Her research focuses on both formal and family care, as well as technological assistance as a third home care resource.  Her research for the Veterans Administration was an extension of her work on many funded NIH and foundation grants awarded while at Brown.  Her most recent grant examined the impact of a change in focus of care in VA nursing homes (renamed Community Living Centers in 2008) from 2004-2011, as they began to move away from long term custodial nursing home care to short term post-acute and rehabilitation for Veterans with a safe and timely discharge to the community.

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