Heidi L. Allen
Associate Professor of Social Work
PhD, Portland State University
Focus: Low-income uninsured adults in the U.S.
Research: Served as co-investigator in the landmark Oregon Health Study; in the past year, contributed four journal articles (one of which won two prestigious awards) on this and related topics.
Heidi L. Allen is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and one of the co-investigators in the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, the first randomized trial to examine the impacts of a health insurance expansion on uninsured adults in the United States. She joins with researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, and the National Bureau of Economic Research in reporting the findings of this landmark study nationwide and in advising states on the costs and benefits of Medicaid expansion, as well as suggesting ways to improve the quality of care delivered to low-income enrollees through both Medicaid and the new health insurance exchanges.
Previously, Dr. Allen was a research scientist with Providence’s Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) and an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. She has five years of clinical social work practice in mental health and emergency departments and has served in a variety of positions related to setting health policy for the State of Oregon, including for a work group on metrics appointed by Governor Kitzhaber.
Dr. Allen received a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University. She has taught graduate-level social work courses on health policy and practice, diversity and social justice, human behavior and the social environment, along with sociology courses on drugs and alcohol and health inequality.