Ph.D. Student Profile

Julie Ober Allen

Julie Ober Allen, M.P.H.

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Cognate: Social Determinants of Health and Social Equity


  • M.P.H., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan (2004)
  • B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Amherst College (1998)

Research Interests & Projects

To better understand and address how social determinants of health contribute to gender role strain and disparities in chronic mental and physical health conditions.

Selected Publications

  • Allen, J.O. (2015). Ageism as a risk factor for chronic disease. The Gerontologist. Published online ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu158
  • Ellis, K., Griffith, D.G., Allen, J.O., Thorpe, R.J., & Bruce, M.A. (2015). “If you do nothing about stress, the next thing you know, you’re shattered”: Perspectives on stress, coping and health among African American men. Social Science and Medicine, 139, 107-14.
  • Allen, J.O., Zebrack, B., Wittmann, D., Hammelef, K., & Morris, A.M. (2014). Expanding the NCCN guidelines for distress management: A model of barriers to the use of coping resources. Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 12(8), 271-277.
  • Griffith, D.M., Allen, J.O., Johnson-Lawrence, V., & Langford, A. (2014). Men on the Move: A pilot program to increase physical activity among African American men. Health Education and Behavior, 41, 164-172. Selected as a CHES continuing education article
  • Allen, J.O., Griffith, D.M., & Gaines, H.C. (2013). “She looks out for the meals, period”: African American men’s perceptions of how their wives influence their eating behavior and dietary health. Health Psychology, 32(4), 447-455.
  • Griffith, D.M., Gunter, K., & Allen, J.O. (2012). A systematic approach to developing contextual, culturally, and gender sensitive interventions for African American Men: The Example of Men 4 Health. Elk, R., Landrine, H. (eds.), Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions (pp. 193-210). NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Griffith, D.M., Allen, J.O., & Gunter, K. (2011). Social and cultural factors influence African American men's medical help-seeking. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(3), 337-347. Special issues on African American males.