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Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: Elizabeth Allen
Relationships Studies Laboratory
Office Location:
North Classroom 5008E
Phone: (303) 352-3656
Fax: (303) 352-3520
Office hours: by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Couples functioning and health, military marriage, relationship education, infidelity

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. Allen received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver in 2005. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs within the Department, and mentors research projects for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include military marriage, relationship education, infidelity, and the bidirectional processes between couple functioning and health.


Select Publications

Allen, E.S., & Atkins, D. (2012). The Association of Divorce and Extramarital Sex in a Representative U.S. Sample. Journal of Family Issues. doi: 10-1177/0192513X12439692

Allen, E.S., Stanley, S.M., Rhoades, G.K., *Loew, B., & Markman, H. (2012). The Effects of Marriage Education for Couples with a History of Infidelity. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 26-35. doi: 10.1037/a0026742

Allen, E.S., Stanley, S.M., Rhoades, G.K., Markman, H., & *Loew, B. (2011). Marriage Education in the Army: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 10, 309-326.

Allen, E. S., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2011). "On the Home Front: Stress for Recently Deployed Army Couples." Family Process, 50, 235-247.

Allen, E. S., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2010) "Hitting Home: Relationships between Recent Deployment, Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, and Marital Functioning for Army Couples." Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 280-288.

Stanley, S. M., Allen, E. S., Markman, H. J., Rhoades, G. K., & Prentice, D. (2010). "Decreasing divorce in Army couples: Results from a randomized clinical trial of PREP for Strong Bonds." Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 9, 149-160.

Allen, E.S., Rhoades, G.K., Stanley, S.M., Markman, H.J., Williams, T., Melton, J., & Clements, M.L. (2008). "Premarital Precursors of Marital Infidelity." Family Process, 47, 243-259.

Allen, E.S., & Rhoades, G. K. (2008). "Not All Affairs are Created Equal: Emotional Involvement with an Extradyadic Partner." Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 34(1), 48-62.

Allen, E. S. & Baucom, D. H. (2006). "Dating, Marital, and Hypothetical Extradyadic Involvements: How Do They Compare?" Journal of Sex Research, 43(4), 307-317.

Allen, E. S., & Atkins, D. C. (2005). "The multidimensional and developmental nature of infidelity: A clinical framework." Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 61(11), 1371-1382.

Allen, E. S., Atkins, D., Baucom, D. H., Snyder, D., Gordon, K. C., & Glass, S. P. (2005). "Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and contextual factors in engaging in and responding to extramarital involvement." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 12, 101-130.

Allen, E. S., & Baucom, D. H. (2004). "Adult attachment and patterns of extradyadic involvement." Family Process, 43, 467-488.

Courses Taught

PSYC 7410 Personality Assessment
PSYC 7713 Advanced Statistical Methods
PSYC 7700 Clinical Research Methods
PSYC 3235 Human Sexuality