Allyson M. Blackburn


Allyson Blackburn is a first year doctoral student working with Dr. Nicole Allen. Allyson graduated from Tufts University in 2017 with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. As an undergraduate, 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 senior honors thesis work on the specific barriers to care faced by Latinos seeking treatment 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 posttraumatic stress disorders, 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

  • Responses to sexual violence
  • Resource allocation and barrier reduction for survivors seeking resources
  • Treatment engagement for survivors of sexual violence
  • Help-seeking behaviors following an incident of violence
  • Implementation of evidence-based interventions


Tufts University, Clinical Psychology, B.A., 2017

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