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Sean Travis Allen, DrPH

  • Assistant Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 184
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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DrPH, The George Washington University, 2015
MPH, University of Kentucky, 2012
BS, University of Kentucky, 2010
BS, University of Kentucky, 2010


Dr. Sean T. Allen is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. His research applies quantitative and geospatial methods to examine the structural drivers of public health among marginalized populations, including people who use drugs. Dr. Allen has particular interests in rural health disparities, harm reduction initiatives, policy change as a structural intervention for HIV prevention, and the intersections between research and drug policy. Dr. Allen completed his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University in the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program. During his post-doctoral training, he also served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Recent Publications

  • Allen ST, Footer KHA, Galai N, Park JN, Silberzahn B, Sherman SG. Implementing Targeted Sampling: Lessons Learned from Recruiting Female Sex Workers in Baltimore, MD. J Urban Health. 2018.
  • Hunter K, Park JN, Allen ST, et al. Safe and unsafe spaces: Non-fatal overdose, arrest, and receptive syringe sharing among people who inject drugs in public and semi-public spaces in Baltimore City. Int J Drug Policy. 2018;57:25-31.
  • Irwin A, Jozaghi E, Weir BW, Allen ST, Lindsay A, Sherman SG. Mitigating the heroin crisis in Baltimore, MD, USA: a cost-benefit analysis of a hypothetical supervised injection facility. Harm Reduct J. 2017;14(1):29.
  • Allen ST, Ruiz MS, Jones J, Turner MM. Legal space for syringe exchange programs in hot spots of injection drug use-related crime. Harm Reduct J. 2016;13:16.
  • Allen ST, Ruiz MS, O'rourke A. The evidence does not speak for itself: The role of research evidence in shaping policy change for the implementation of publicly funded syringe exchange programs in three US cities. Int J Drug Policy. 2015;26(7):688-95.