Keith D. Allen, PhD, BCBA-D

Keith Allen, PhDKeith D. Allen, PhD, BCBA-D
Psychology Department
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-6408

Professional Summary:

Keith D Allen, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his master in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University, completed his PhD in child clinical psychology from West Virginia University and did his residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center. His research and clinical interests include behavioral parent training, pain and stress-related disorders in children, autism spectrum disorders, and management of every day common childhood behavioral issues in school, home and primary care settings. He is currently Co-Director of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, one of the largest internship consortiums in the country. He has published over 100 scientific papers and chapters on interventions with children with behavioral health concerns and he has published a book on the science and practice of parent training, published by APA. He has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education and has been recognized as both a Distinguished Researcher and as an Outstanding Teacher of the Year at UNMC.


PhD West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1987
MS Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 1983
BA College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, 1980

Courses Taught:

Behavioral Pediatrics
Basic Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis
Single Case Experimental Designs

Research Interests and Projects:

Interests include behavioral pediatrics, stress related disorders, pain management, parent training, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis.

Selected Publications: (within the last 5 years)

  • Allen, K.D, Kuhn, B.R. & DeHaai, K. & Wallace, D.P. (2013). Evaluation of a behavioral treatment package to reduce sleep problems in children with Angelman Syndrome.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 676-686.
  • Burke, R.V., Allen, K.D., Howard, M.R., Downey, D., Matz, M. G. & Bowen, S. L. (in press). Tablet-Based Video Modeling and Prompting in the Workplace for Individuals with Autism, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Allen, K.D., Burke, R.V., Howard, M., Wallace, D. Bowen, S. (2012) Use of Audio Prompting to Expand Community-Based Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Mental Retardation.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 2410–2419
  • Hoge, M. Howard, M., Wallace, D. Allen, K.D.  (2012).  Use of Video Eyewear to Manage Distress in Children During Restorative Dental Treatment. Pediatric Dentistry, 34(5), 378-382.
  • Burke, R. V., Howard, M. R., Peterson, J. L., Peterson, R. W., & Allen, K. D.  (2012). Visual performance feedback: Effects on targeted and non-targeted staff. Behavior Modification, 36,687-704. 
  • Roane, B.M., Valleley, R., Allen, K.D.  (2012) Impact of ASQ Scores on Pediatrician Referral Patterns.  Infants and Young Children, 25 (1), 1-10.
  • Riley, J.L., McKevitt, B.C., Shriver, M.D, & Allen, K.D. (2011). Increasing on-task behavior using teacher attention delivered on a fixed-time schedule. Journal of Behavioral Education, 149-162.
  • Hofstadter-Duke, K.L. & Allen, K.D. (2011).  External hand warming as a novel treatment for ice pick headaches: A controlled case study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 36, 129-133.
  • Roeber, B, Wallace, D., Rothe, V., Salama, F., Allen, K.(2011) Evaluation of the Vibraject to reduce behavioral distress during anesthesia injections in pediatric dentistry. Pediatric Dentistry, 33, 546-550.
  • Allen, K.D.& Hosterman, S.J. (2011). Helping children cope with a visit to the dentist. (pgs 62-67) In G. P. Koocher and A. LaGreca (eds) Parent’s guide to emotional first aid: Helping children and adolescents cope with predictable life crises. Oxford University Press Publication
  • Wallace, D. P., Allen, K. D., Pitner, S. L., & Lacroix, A. E. (2010). The “cough trick”: A brief strategy to manage pediatric pain associated with immunization injections. Pediatrics, 125(2), e367-e373.
  • Burke, R., Andersen, M., Bowen, S., Howard, M., Allen, K.D.(2010). Evaluation of two instruction methods to increase employment options for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31,1223-1233.
  • Allen, K.D., Wallace, D.P., Renes, D., Bowen, S.L., Burke, R.V. (2010). Community-based vocational instruction using videotaped modeling for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders performing in air-inflated mascots. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 25(3),186-192.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association (Full Member); Division of Clinical Psychology (Division 12, APA)
  • Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
  • Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
  • Nebraska Psychological Association