- 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
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.
SAR HS342: Exercise Physiology
What are the limits of human performance? Why can't we run 25 miles at the same speed we can sprint 40 yards? How do common diseases impact tolerance to physical activity? In exercise physiology we will discuss these questions and more, eventually uncovering principles that determine how our bodies respond to various forms of stress (like exercise). Through hands-on group experiments and collaborative projects in laboratory and lecture, we will also explore how scientists have come to these conclusions through the implementation of the scientific method in a research setting. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Teamwork/Collaboration. (Credits: 4)
SAR HS375: Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
Overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular systems during normal and pathological conditions. This course will also cover pathophysiology of exercise performance in cardiovascular diseases, as well as adaptations to physical conditioning. (Credits: 4)
- 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 & Posture, 53, 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 Physiology, 311(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.