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Program Director

Richard Allen, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen’s contributions to the MARC U*STAR program draw on his experiences as a researcher, teacher, and mentor, and on the administrative service work he has performed for the Department of Psychology at UCD over the past 12 years.  His research program focuses on animal models of addiction.  He has active, grant-funded research collaborations with faculty members in the UCD Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) Department of Pharmacology, focusing on drug addiction from the level of genes and proteins through behavior.  Since 2001, he has served as the faculty mentor for more than 25 undergraduate students who have completed independent study projects or other research experiences in his laboratory.  Of the 10 students who completed honors theses under Dr. Allen’s direction, nearly all have attended graduate school toward careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences (including many working toward or having completed PhDs in psychology, pharmacology and the neurosciences). Their work with Dr. Allen has yielded authorship on published journal articles, presentations at national conferences, and mentored grant awards.  Dr. Allen has served also as the primary advisor for students enrolled in the BS Psychology degree program and as the faculty sponsor for students who pursue internships through the University’s experiential education program, Denver CLAS. In 2007, Dr. Allen received both the UC Denver Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the UC Denver Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Mentoring.  In 2011, Dr. Allen completed the UC Denver Excellence in Leadership Program.  Furthermore, he recently received the 2011 Excellence in Service Award from the University of Colorado.

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