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Kristy Benoit Allen

Kristy Benoit AllenKristy Benoit Allen
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Virginia Tech (2013)


Child anxiety; cognitive-affective processing; parenting behavior; intergenerational transmission of anxiety; cognitive bias modification; event-related potentials; eye-tracking

Research Interests

Etiology, prevention, and treatment of child anxiety; intergenerational transmission of anxiety; cognitive-affective processing associated with anxiety; parenting behavior in anxious parent-child dyads; cognitive bias modification

Research Statement

My program of research aims to identify key factors that underlie the intergenerational transmission of anxiety. In particular, I focus on the parent-child relationship within a broader developmental cognitive-affective neuroscience framework. I aim to elucidate the behavioral, cognitive, affective, and biological mechanisms via which parents may foster risk for anxiety in their children. I use a variety of methods at different levels of analysis, including behavioral observation, ecological momentary assessment, psychophysiology, event-related potentials, and eye-tracking. The goal of my research is to develop and refine mechanistically-based prevention and intervention approaches, particularly for the children of anxious parents. To that end, I have a special interest in cognitive bias modification for parents as one potential way to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of anxiety.

  • 2013-2015 - National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, Clinical Research Training for Psychologists (T32 MH18269), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, PI: Paul Pilkonis, PhD      
  • 2014 - Career Development Leadership Award, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • 2014 - Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Research Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health     
  • 2013 - Career Development Travel Award, Anxiety and Depression Association of America 
  • 2012 - Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Virginia Tech College of Science 
  • 2011 - Graduate Research Development Program Award, Virginia Tech Graduate School          
  • 2011 - Roundtable Make-a-Difference Scholarship for Graduate Study, Virginia Tech College of Science
  • 2011 - Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Graduate Student Scholarship, American Psychological Foundation
  • 2010 - Dissertation Grant Award, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology  
  • 2009 - Graduate Award for Master’s Degree Candidates, Virginia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi
  • 2003 - Research Program Award, Harvard College


Oppenheimer, C. W., Ladouceur, C. D., Waller, J. M., Ryan, N. D, Allen, K. B., Sheeber, L., Forbes, E. E., Dahl, R. E.,  & Silk, J. S. (2016). Emotion socialization in anxious youth:  Parenting buffers against emotional reactivity to peer negative events. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 1267-1278.

Price R. B.*, Allen, K. B.*, Silk, J. S., Ladouceur, C. D., Ryan, N. D., Dahl, R. E., Forbes, E. E., & Siegle, G. J. (2016). Vigilance in the laboratory predicts avoidance in the real world: A dimensional analysis of neural, behavioral, and ecological momentary data in anxious youth. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 128-136.
*contributed equally

Price, R. B., Rosen, D., Siegle, G. J., Ladouceur, C., Tang, K., Allen, K. B., Ryan, N. D., Dahl, R. E., Forbes, E. E., & Silk, J.S. (2016). From anxious youth to depressed adolescents: Prospective prediction of 2-year depression symptoms via attentional bias measures. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 267-278.

Stone, L. B., Silk, J. S., Oppenheimer, C. W., Allen, K. B., Waller, J. M. & Dahl, R. E. (2016). Linking maternal socialization of emotion regulation to adolescents’ co-rumination with peers.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 1-15.

Allen, K. B., Allen, B., Austin, K. E., Waldron, J. C., & Ollendick, T. H. (2015). Synchrony-desynchrony in the tripartite model of fear: Predicting treatment outcome in clinically phobic children. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 71, 54-64.

Allen, K. B., Silk, J. S., Meller, S., Tan, P. Z., Ladouceur, C. D., Sheeber, L. B., Forbes, E. E., Dahl, R. E., Siegle, G. J., McMakin, D. L., & Ryan, N. D. (2015). Parental autonomy granting and child perceived control: Effects on the everyday emotional experience of anxious youth. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57, 835-842.

Brock, R. L., Allen, K. B., Stasik-O’Brien, S. M., Farach, F. J., & Wilson, K. G. (2015). Addressing the psychology internship crisis: Converging perspectives of the psychology community. the Behavior Therapist, 38, 245-255.

Ollendick, T. H., Greene, R. W., Austin, K. E., Fraire, M. G., Halldorsdottir, T., Allen, K. B, Jarrett, M. A., Lewis, K. M., Whitmore, M. J., Cunningham, N. R., Noguchi, R. J. P., Canavera, K., & Wolff, J. C. (2015). Parent Management Training and Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: A randomized control trial for oppositional youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45, 591-604.   

Ollendick, T. H., Halldorsdottir, T., Fraire, M. G, Austin, K. E., Noguchi, R., Lewis, K. M., Jarrett, M. A., Cunningham, N. R., Canavera, K., Allen, K. B., & Whitmore, M. J. (2015). Specific phobias in youth: A randomized controlled trial comparing one-session treatment to a parent-augmented one-session treatment. Behavior Therapy, 46, 141-155.

Ollendick, T. H., Benoit, K. E., & Grills-Taquechel, A. (2014). Social anxiety disorder in children and adolescents. In J. Weeks (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Social Anxiety Disorder (pp. 181-200). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Ollendick, T. H. & Benoit, K. E. (2012). A parent-child interactional model of social anxiety disorder in youth. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 15, 81-91.

Ollendick, T., Allen, B., Benoit, K., & Cowart, M. (2011). The tripartite model of fear in phobic children: Assessing concordance and discordance using the behavioral approach test. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 459-465.

Costa, N. M., Benoit, K. E., & Ollendick, T. H. (2010). Interpersonal issues in treating children and adolescents. In L. Horowitz & S. Strack (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal psychology: Theory, research, assessment, and therapeutic interventions (pp. 493-508). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Ollendick, T. H., Costa, N. M., & Benoit, K. E. (2010). Interpersonal processes and the anxiety disorders of childhood. In G. Beck (Ed.), Interpersonal processes in the anxiety disorders: Implications for understanding psychopathology and treatment (pp. 71-95). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Benoit, K. E., McNally, R. J., Rapee, R. M., Gamble, A. L., & Wiseman, A. L. (2007). Processing of emotional faces in children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Behaviour Change, 24, 183-194.

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