Kristina Allen


Kristina Allen is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in Public Health. Her research interests include epidemiology, psychological disorder and suicidal behavior. Specifically, Kristina is interested in how adolescents' mental health is affected by their community and activities.

In 2012, Kristina graduated from the University of California, Merced with a B.A. in psychology. Her graduate studies began in Developmental Psychology where she studied learning disorders and how children with learning disorders process spatial information. 


  • Gilger, J. W., Allen, K., & Castillo, A. (2016). Reading disability and enhanced dynamic spatial reasoning: A review of the literature. Brain and Cognition, 105, 55–65.
  • Goldman-Mellor, S., Margerison-Zilko, C., Allen, K., & Cerda, M. (2016). Perceived and Objectively-Measured Neighborhood Violence and Adolescent Psychological Distress. Journal of Urban Health.