Core Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy Program Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University’s Psychology Department
Postdoctoral Clinical Scholar Fellow; Chief Fellow The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Ph.D. in Family Science University of Maryland
M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy University of Maryland
B.S. in Family Science University of Maryland
Dr. Samuel Allen (he/him/his) is a clinical assistant professor and a core faculty member in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Northwestern University. He received his MS in Couple and Family Therapy and his PhD in Family Science from the University of Maryland, from which he also received a graduate teaching certificate. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Dr. Allen’s research, teaching, and clinical work are all grounded in an unwavering commitment to social justice. His scholarly expertise centers on the study of gender and sexuality in families—especially among LGBTQ populations—with a particular emphasis on intersectionality and how intersectional minority experiences influence mental and physical health outcomes. His clinical work is client-centered, emotionally focused, and integrative. He specializes in treating couples, sexual and gender minorities, racial minorities, non-monogamous couples, and couples who are interracial, intercultural, and/or interfaith. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Family Psychology, a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an AAMFT-approved supervisor. He is currently licensed in both Illinois and Washington, DC.
Gender and sexuality in families and close relationships
LGBTQ health and wellbeing
Transgender people, identities, and families
Racial identity and racial socialization
Social justice in couple and family therapy
2021-2022— “Pining for a Pegging: Analreceptive Heterosexual Men Negotiating Stigma & Masculinity.” Funded by The Family Institute at Northwestern University Seed Grant. Co-PIs: Samuel H. Allen, Ph.D., & Jennifer Rafacz, Ph.D.
2019-2020— “Redoing Gender, Redoing Family: A Qualitative Examination of Parents Negotiating Their Child’s Nonbinary Gender Identity.” Funded by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Jesse Bernard Award for Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective. PI: Samuel H. Allen, Ph.D.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Allen, S. H., Fish, J. N., McGuire, J. K., & Leslie, L. A. (2022). Beyond the (family) binary: Family environment heterogeneity among transgender adults. Journal of Marriage & Family, 84(4), 941-961.
Allen, S. H. (2022). Queering family science: Applications of queer theory for family research & practice. In Adamsons, K., Few-Demo, A., Proulx, C., & Roy K. R. (Eds). Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies: A dynamic approach (3rd ed.). New York: Springer.
Roy, K. R. & Allen, S. H. (2022). Men, families, and the reconceptualization of masculinities. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 14(1), 28-43.
Kim, H.S. & Allen, S. H. (2021). A double-edged sword? Assessing a structural equation model of dual identity salience and health outcomes among Asian-American sexual minority individuals. Journal of Homosexuality. DOI:10.1080/00918369.2021.1945339.
Allen, S. H. & Leslie, L. A. (2020). Considering queer heterogeneity: Do immigrant Latinx sexual & gender minorities have poorer health outcomes than their U.S.-born counterparts? Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 32(4), 479-501.
Davis Tribble, B. L., Allen, S. H., Hart, J., Francois, T. F., & Smith-Bynum, M. A. (2019). “No [right] way to be a Black woman”: Exploring gendered racial socialization among Black American women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43(3), 381-397.
Allen, S. H. & Golojuch, L. A. (2019). “She still doesn’t want me to tell my next-door neighbor:” The familial experiences of Modern Orthodox Jewish gay men. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 15(4), 373-394.
Allen, S. H. & Leslie, L. A. (2019). Considering the role of nativity in the health and psychological wellbeing of Black LGBT adults. Journal of Homosexuality, 66(3), 1769-1796.
Allen, S. H. & Mendez, S. N. (2018). Hegemonic Heteronormativity: Toward a new era of queer family theory. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 10(1), 70-86.
Kuvalanka, K. A, Allen, S. H., Goldberg, A. E., Munroe, C., & Weiner, J. (2018). The experiences of sexual minority mothers with trans* children. Family Relations, 67(1), 70-87.
Allen, S. H. (2017). Moonlight, intersectionality, and the life course perspective: Directing future research on sexual minorities in family studies. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 9(4), 595-600.
Power, Privilege, and Difference
Basic Concepts in Systems Therapy
Family Theories and Patterns
Gender Issues and Families
Family Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Behavioral Medicine in Marriage and Family Therapy
Foundations of Family, Marital, and Couple Counseling
Cultural Diversity though Intergroup Dialogue: Gender and Sexuality
2021: “Thinking of coming out to your family during the holidays? Why experts suggest ‘have an ally on standby’.” Allen interviewed for, and quoted in, Yahoo! News
2020: “Tackle reopening choices as a couple.” Allen interviewed for, and quoted in, The New York Times
2020: “Coronavirus telecommuting changes the dynamic for couples.” Allen interviewed for FOX News