Allyson M. Blackburn


Allyson Blackburn is a first year doctoral student working primarily with Dr. Nicole Allen. Allyson graduated from Tufts University in 2017 with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. As an undergraduate, Allyson was the student co-chair of the Resource Working group on the Tufts University President's Task Force for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education, working to implement resources and effective pathways for referrals for survivors of sexual assault. Allyson worked as a Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Community Psychiatry Program for Research in Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Therapies (PRIDE) under Dr. Luana Marques, where Allyson completed a senior honors thesis on the specific barriers to care faced by Latinos seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Upon graduation, Allyson worked as a post-baccalaureate research assistant within the MGH Department of Psychiatry studying the treatment and treatment engagement of people with PTSD, working at both the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program (CATSD) as well as the Home Base Program, which serves veterans and family members struggling with the invisible wounds of war. Allyson also served as a Rape Crisis Counselor at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center on the 24-hour Hotline. 

Research Interests

  • Psychological sequelae of sexual violence
  • Resource allocation and barrier reduction for survivors seeking resources from marginalized background (i.e., sexual and gender minorities)
  • Treatment engagement for survivors of sexual violence
  • Help-seeking behaviors following an incident of violence
  • Implementation of evidence-based interventions


Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 2017

Additional Campus Affiliations

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Highlighted Publications

Blackburn, A.M. & Goetter, E.M. (2020). Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in the Digital Age. In Bui, E., Charney, M., Baker, A., (Eds). In Clinical Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: From Theory to Practice. Springer.

Goetter, E. M. & Blackburn, A. M. (2019). Mental health treatment disparities in racial and ethnic minority military service members and veterans. In M.T. Williams, D. C. Rosen, & J. W. Kanter (Eds.), Eliminating Race-Based Mental Health Disparities: Promoting Equity and Culturally Responsive Care Across Settings. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Books. ISBN: 978-1-68403-196-2

Goetter, E. M., Blackburn, A. M., Bui, E., Laifer, L.M, Simon, N. M. (2019). Veterans’ prospective attitudes about mental health treatment using telehealth. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 57 (9), 38-43. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20190531-02

Laifer, L. M., Blackburn, A. M., Goetter, E. M., Ohye, B. Y., Simon, N. M., & Bui, E. (2019). Potential Mediating Role of Parenting Competence in the Relationship Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Family Functioning Post-9/11 Veteran Parents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-7. doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01405-9

Bui, E., Blackburn, A.M., Brenner, L., Laifer, L., Park, E.R., Fricchione, G., & Sylvia, L. (2018). Military and veteran caregivers' perspectives of stressors and a mind-body program. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 1-8. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1485796