Maureen Allwood, PhD

Dr. Allwood is a Clinical Psychologist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY) and doctoral faculty of CUNY’s Graduate Center. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Since 2015, Dr. Allwood has also served as an elected Board member for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

Dr. Allwood’s research and clinical interests focus on the developmental effects of childhood trauma and violence exposure, particularly for youth living in high-stress urban settings. Dr. Allwood is interested in how multiple factors and systems (e.g., cognitive, emotional, physiological) interact to predict negative outcomes, such as school failure, delinquency, substance use, poor mental health, poor physical health, and suicide among trauma-exposed youth. Her work also focuses on the impact of trauma exposure on vulnerable communities and accessibility of effective treatment services, with emphasizes on the needs of minority, immigrant, and refugee populations.