• Education:BS in Exercise Science, University of Central Missouri
    MS in Exercise Physiology, University of Texas at Arlington
    PhD in Applied Physiology, Southern Methodist University
  • Phone:617-353-2719

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practical Interests

Dr. Allen’s interests are broadly focused on integrated autonomic responses to various forms of stress.  Throughout his career, he has investigated the control of blood pressure during heat stress, thermoregulatory control during exercise, peripheral responsiveness to intradermal thermoregulatory agonists, and overall autonomic dysfunction caused by Multiple Sclerosis.  His continued interests include:

  • Thermoregulation and the control of sweat glands and the cutaneous vasculature
  • The control of blood pressure during heat stress
  • Hemodynamic responses to exercise
  • Autonomic dysfunction
  • Thermal perception

Beyond his research, Dr. Allen is passionate about instruction and student learning. Specifically, his courses are focused in creating an engaging classroom environment centered on active learning and discussion.  

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

  • Allen, D. R., Huang, M., Parupia, I. M., Dubelko, A. R., Frohman, E. M., & Davis, S. L. (2017). Impaired sweating responses to a passive whole-body heat stress in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurophysiology, jn-00897.
  • Poh, P. Y., Adams, A. N., Huang, M., Allen, D. R., Davis, S. L., Tseng, A. S., & Crandall, C. G. (2017). Increased postural sway in persons with multiple sclerosis during short-term exposure to warm ambient temperatures. Gait & Posture53, 230-235.
  • Krnjajic, D., Allen, D. R., Butts, C. L., & Keller, D. M. (2016). Carotid baroreflex control of heart rate is enhanced, while control of mean arterial pressure is preserved during whole body heat stress in young healthy men. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology311(4), R735-R741.
  • Huang, M., Allen, D. R., Keller, D. M., Fadel, P. J., Frohman, E. M., & Davis, S. L. (2016). Impaired Carotid Baroreflex Control of Arterial Blood Pressure in Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116(1), 81-87.
  • Huang M., Allen D.R., Frohman E.M., Davis S. L. Decreases in core temperature and sweating onset during whole-body heating in individuals with multiple sclerosis following administration of 4-aminopyridine. The FASEB Journal 30: 997.3, 2016.
  • Allen D. R., Huang M., Frohman E. M, Davis S. L. Blunted arterial blood pressure responses to whole-body cold stress in individuals with multiple sclerosis. The FASEB Journal 30: 763.25, 2016.
  • Allen D. R., Huang M., Frohman E. M., Davis S. L., Keller D. M. The effect of multiple sclerosis on carotid baroreflex latencies of arterial blood pressure and heart rate. The FASEB Journal 29: 648.12, 2015.
  • Huang M., Allen D. R., Keller D. M., Davis S. L. The effect of multiple sclerosis on carotid baroreflex control of arterial blood pressure and heart rate. The FASEB Journal 29: 652.18, 2015.

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