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Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development



Mailing Address   401C Wallace Hall (0416)
   Blacksburg, VA 24061

               Phone    540-231-6526

                   Fax    540-231-7012

     Office Hours    By appointment


Curriculum Vitae

Katherine Allen, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Primary Academic Interests

  • Family Diversity Over The Life Course
  • Family Gerontology
  • Feminist Family Studies
  • LGBTQ Families
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Professional Roles and Responsibilities

  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech
  • Faculty Affiliate, Women and Gender Studies Program, Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • Charter Fellow, National Council on Family Relations
  • Editorial Board Member:
         Journal of Marriage and Family
         Family Relations
        Journal of Family Issues
        Journal of Family Theory and Review
        Journal of Sex Research

Current Research

  • Aging, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in families
  • Critical race, feminist, and global perspectives on pedagogy and scholarship
  • Family perspectives on cancer survivorship for older rural Appalachian women
  • Fictive kin processes among midlife and older adults
  • Gender and power in college students' intimate and sexual relationships
  • LGBT-parent family relationships; consequences of parental divorce for adult children

Selected Publications and Presentations

Goldberg, A. E., & Allen, K. R. (Eds.). (in press, 2013). LGBT-parent families: Innovations in research and implications for practice. New York: Springer.

Allen, K. R., Walker, A. J., & McCann, B. R. (2012). Feminism and families. In G. W. Peterson & K. R. Bush (Eds.), Handbook of marriage and the family (3rd ed.). New York: Springer.

Jones, R. T., Ollendick, T. H., Mathai, C. M., Allen, K. R., Hadder, J. M., Chapman, S., & Woods, O. (2012). "When I came home...Everything was gone." The impact of residential fires on children. Fire Technology, 48 (first publication online). doi:10.1007/s10694-012-252-2

Allen, K. R., Blieszner, R., & Roberto, K. A. (2011). Perspectives on extended family and fictive kin in the later years: Strategies and meanings of kin reinterpretation. Journal of Family Issues, 32, 1156-1177. doi:10.1177/0192513X11404335

Allen, K. R., Kaestle, C. E., & Goldberg, A. E. (2011). More than just a punctuation mark: How boys and young men learn about menstruation. Journal of Family Issues, 32, 129-156. doi:10.1177/0192513X10371609

Banker, J. E., Kaestle, C. E., & Allen, K. R. (2010). Dating is hard work: A narrative approach to understanding sexual and romantic relationships in young adulthood. Contemporary Family Therapy. 32, 173-191. doi: 10.1007/s10591-009-9111-9

Lloyd, S. A., Few, A. L., & Allen, K. R. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of feminist family studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Allen, K. R., & Walker, A. J. (2009).Theorizing about families and aging from a feminist perspective. In V. L. Bengtson, M. Silverstein, N. M. Putney, & D. Gans (Eds.), Handbook of theories of aging (pp. 517-528). New York: Springer.

Allen, K. R., Husser, E. K., Stone, D. J., & Jordal, C. E. (2008).Agency and error in young adults' stories of sexual decision making. Family Relations, 57, 517-529.

Flemke, K., & Allen, K. R. (2008).Women's experience of rage: A critical feminist analysis. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34, 92-110.

Singh, K., Allen, K. R., Scheckler, R., & Darlington, L. (2007).Women in computer related majors: A critical synthesis of research and theory from 1994-2005. Review of Educational Research, 77, 500-533.

Allen, K. R. (2007). Ambiguous loss after lesbian couples with children break up: A case for same-sex divorce. Family Relations, 56, 174-182.

Goldberg, A. E., & Allen, K. R. (2007). Imagining men: Lesbian mothers perceptions of male involvement during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 352-365.

Roberto, K. A., Blieszner, R., & Allen, K. R. (2006). Theorizing in family gerontology: New opportunities for research and practice. Family Relations, 55, 513-525.

Beitin, B. K., & Allen, K. R. (2005). Resilience in Arab American couples after September 11, 2001: A systems perspective. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31, 251-267.

Bengtson, V. L., Acock, A. C., Allen, K. R., Dilworth-Anderson, P., & Klein, D. M. (Eds.). (2005). Sourcebook of family theory & research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


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