Teaching

Dr. Allen has taught courses in the areas of neuroscience and neuropsychology at San Diego State University, Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. His courses include:


Biological Basis of Behavior

The main objective of this course is to provide an overview of brain structure and function and the brain bases of behavior and disorders of behavior. Emphasis is placed on current neuroscience research, particularly the use of imaging methods to increase our understanding of the human brain. Another major component of the course is the role of brain abnormalities in common neurologic, psychiatric, and developmental disorders. 


Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment

This course is designed to be an introduction to neuropsychological theory covering the major functional domains typically assessed by neuropsychologists. Students learn several of the most commonly used neuropsychological instruments. In addition, various disorders that neuropsychologists commonly encounter, and their impact on neuropsychological test performance, are reviewed.  


Introduction to Biomedical Issues in Autism

This course is a basic introduction to the fundamental biological and medical issues relevant to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The major emphasis is on the contributions that neuroscience has made to our understanding of the brain basis of ASD. Implications of this research for ASD treatment and for our understanding of ASD etiology, from both genetic and environmental perspectives, are discussed. Findings from ASD research are presented within a historical context, though cutting-edge research is reviewed and discussed as well.


Human Brain Imaging

This course is designed to provide a foundation in the information necessary to enable neuropsychologists to more competently interpret and use brain imaging in clinical practice. It provides an understanding of what brain imaging can and cannot add to clinical decision-making. The course gradually builds on a basic clinical and anatomical foundation and then progresses to more technical knowledge regarding specific brain imaging techniques, and ultimately reviews the application of brain imaging within a variety of traumatic and non-traumatic clinical contexts.