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Jerilyn K. Allen, Pennsylvania State University, B.S.N.; University of Maryland, M.S.; Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health, Sc.D.; Fellow American Academy of Nursing

Associate Dean for Research

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Baltimore, MD 21202


Pennsylvania State University, B.S.N.; University of Maryland, M.S.; Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health, Sc.D.; Fellow American Academy of Nursing


Dr. Jerilyn Allen is a Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and the former Director of the PhD Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. The contributions of her program of research to the understanding of cardiovascular risk factors, prevention, and lifestyle modification in persons with or at high risk for the development of cardiovascular disease is well- recognized and highly regarded in the field of cardiovascular nursing and medicine. She has developed and tested innovative models to advance nursing care such as a program of home-based risk factor modification, a nurse case management system for the treatment of hyperlipidemia, and improving adherence to national guidelines in federally qualified community clinics to reducing total cardiovascular risk in urban underserved communities.

As the principal investigator and co-investigator on multidisciplinary research teams in the medical and public health arenas, she has advocated for the nursing perspective and issues critical to nursing care. This has shaped the scope of research questions asked and their relevance to nursing and cardiovascular health. Dr. Allen has presented her work both nationally and internationally and authored many outstanding publications in refereed, peer-reviewed nursing and medical journals. The interdisciplinary nature and findings of the research have made important contributions to the practice of nurses, physicians, and other health care providers who are involved in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Her research is always characterized by its innovation and clinical relevance.

Dr Allen’s expertise has been sought for formal consultation on numerous research initiatives in the US and abroad, influencing the directions of research, practice and policy. Dr. Allen has served actively as a positive mentor, teaching, guiding, and developing faculty and students in research within the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and other universities nationally and internationally.

Honors and Awards

2006 M. Adelaide Nutting Professor in Nursing Research Award 2000 Best Abstract Award of the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association 1999 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 1998 Katharine A. Lembright Award for outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of cardiovascular nursing research, American Heart Association 1997 Special Recognition Award, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association, for leadership and contributions to the Council 1994 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award 1992 Fellow, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association

  • Preventive cardiology
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • health promotion
  • Cardiovascular Risk Factors
  • Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Women and Heart Disease
  • Nurse Case Management
  • Risk Factor Interventions
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Health Promotion
  • Szanton, S.L., Allen JK , Thorpe, RJ, Seeman, T. Bandeen-Roche, K, Fried, LP. "The Effect of Financial Strain on Mortality in Community-Dwelling Older Women. In press at Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2008.

  • Allen JK, Dennison CR, Purcell A, Szanton S, Hill MN, Previte R. (2007). Perceived cardiac risk underestimated among urban diabetics. Circulation, 116 (16): II-386.

  • Appling, S, Paez, K, Allen, JK, (2007). Ethnicity and Vasomotor Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women. Journal of Women's Health(16) 1130-1138*

  • Poe, S, Dawson, P, Cafeo, C, Sedlander, D, Curtis, C, Meyer, P, Blumenthal, R, Baumgartner, W, Allen, JK (2007). Use of the ABC Care Bundle to Standardize Guideline Implementation in a Cardiac Surgical Population: A Pilot Study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality (3) 22

  • Drevenhorn, E, Bengtson, A, Allen, JK, Säljö, Kjellgren, KI. (2007) Counseling on lifestyle factors in hypertension care after training on the stages of change model. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing8(2).

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