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PhD University of Missouri-Columbia
MA University of Missouri-Columbia
MS Eastern Michigan University
BS Michigan State University

Dr. Allwood joined the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007. Before joining the faculty at John Jay she completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Boston Consortium and a NIMH funded postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown Medical School. Dr. Allwood’s research focuses on the developmental effects trauma and violence exposure. She is interested in both the psychological and physiological aspects of youth posttraumatic stress response, and in how these aspects interact to predict negative outcomes, such as school failure, delinquency, substance use, and suicide among trauma-exposed youth.

Dr. Allwood is also interested in minority, refugee and immigrant mental health and in examining the impact of arrest and court involvement on youth social, emotional, and academic development. Clinically, Dr. Allwood facilitates trainings addressing disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system and the under-utilization of mental health resources for minority youth. 

Scholarly Work

* denotes John Jay students

*Robinson, J. N., Nwankwo, E., Allwood, M. A., & Govia, I. (2022). Domestic violence exposures, depression and substance use in a sample of Jamaican men and women. Caribbean Journal of Psychology, 13, 132-159.

*Dewey, L. M. & Allwood, M. A. (2022). When needs are high but resources are low: Secondary traumatic stress, burnout and moral distress among nurses in rural Uganda. International Journal of Stress Management, Advance online publication, 

*Robinson, J. N., Lambert, M. C., & Allwood, M. A. (2021). Barriers to assessing and addressing mental health across Caribbean nations. Caribbean Journal of Psychology, 13, 7-30.

*Muradwij, N. & Allwood, M. A. (2022). Making meaning of community violence among adolescents: Associations between pro-violence attitudes and psychological symptoms. Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 1315-1330. doi:10.1002/jcop.22717

Allwood, M., Ghafoori, B., Salgado, C., Slobodin, O., Kreither, J., Waelde, L., Lorronda, P., & Ramos, N. (2022). Identity-based hate and violence as trauma: Current research, clinical implications, and advocacy in a globally connected world. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 35, 349-361.

Allwood, M. A., J. Ford, & A. Levendosky (Eds.) (2021) Disproportionate Trauma, Stress, and Adversities as a Pathway to Health Disparities among Disenfranchised Groups Globally. Special Issue. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 35.

*Adams, S. W., & Allwood, M. A. (2020). Profiles of home violence and posttraumatic stress symptoms among young adults: Distinguishing between trauma and adversity using latent class analysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication.

*Kallsen, R. P., Allwood, M. A., *Adams, S., & *Pugach, C. (2020). Community violence exposure and academic performance: Examining the roles of posttraumatic stress symptoms and sleep quantity and quality among college students. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Allwood, M. A., Esposito-Smyther, C., Swenson, L. P., & Spirito, A. (2014). Moderating effects of negative cognitions in the relationship between PTSD and substance use in a psychiatrically hospitalized adolescent sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 1-9. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21907

Allwood, M. A., *Baetz, C., *DeMarco, S. & Bell, D. J. (2013). Depressive symptoms, including lack of future orientation, as mediators in the relationship between adverse life events and delinquent behaviors. In P. K. Kerig (Ed.), Psychological Trauma and Juvenile Delinquency: New Directions in Research and Interventions. New York: Routledge

Allwood, M. A. & Widom, C. S. (2013). Child abuse and neglect, developmental role attainment, and adult arrests. Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency, 50, 551–578.

*Dewey, L., Allwood, M. A., *Fava, J., *Arias, E. Pinizzotto, A., & Schlesinger, L. (2013). Clinical risks and subtypes of suicide by cop. Archives of Suicide Research, 17, 448-461.

Allwood, M. A., *Baetz, C., *DeMarco, S. & Bell, D. J. (2012). Depressive symptoms, including lack of future orientation, as mediators in the relationship between adverse life events and delinquent behaviors. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 5, 114-128. doi: 10.1080/19361521.2012.671795