Dr. Allen is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research where she has provided clinical support for Biobehavioral Research, Sensory Science & Metabolism and Tissue Injury sections. Dr. Allen received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing from the George Washington University, School of Nursing. Her doctoral research assessed the personal actions and behaviors of healthcare providers regarding advanced care planning. Dr. Allen also has a Master of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked through Howard University as a genetic counselor in community health clinics in the District of Columbia. Dr. Allen has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Howard University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She has worked in multiple settings and populations as a nurse & nurse practitioner to include family practice, urgent care, college health, women’s health, inpatient obstetrics, and newborn nursery. She has taught baccalaureate and doctoral nursing students. Dr. Allen has co-authored posters and journals that reflect her interests. Currently, Dr. Allen serves as a clinical provider for the team and manages all patient related assessments associated with clinical studies.