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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Nancy A. Allen, Ph.D., ANP-BC

assistant professor

Nancy A. Allen, Ph.D., ANP-BC

Cushing Hall 306


  • Postdoctoral Certificate - Yale University
  • Ph.D. - University of Massachusetts Worcester
  • M.S.N., Post M.S. Certificate - University of Utah
  • B.S.N. - Truman State University

Physical activity/exercise interventions for individuals with type 2 diabetes, overweight/obesity and in vulnerable populations such as women and minority women, technology that can motivate behavior change and provide information for counseling such as continuous glucose monitoring, blue tooth enabled medication boxes, glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs, and weight scales.

Dr. Allen 's research focuses on using technology in counseling interventions to change physical activity behavior in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Her current research uses continuous glucose monitor feedback in combination with problem solving and physical activity counseling to increase women with type 2 diabetes physical activity behavior (Funded by the National Institute of Nursing).

Dr. Allen is certified as an adult nurse practitioner and practices in endocrinology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.


  • Mobile Health Summer Training Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute of Nursing Research F31NR008818-01A1
  • 2008-present - Center for Self and Family Management of Vulnerable Populations - National Institute of Nursing Research: P30NR08999
  • 2007-2009 Research Training Program in Self and Family Management - National Institute of Nursing Research T32NR008346-06
  • 2004-2006 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

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  • Pozzar, R., Allen, N., Stamp, K. D., Sampson, D. A. (accepted). Focusing on Feedback: How Nurse Practitioners can use Focus Group Interviews to Build a Patient-Centered Practice”. To appear in Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner.
  • Pozzar, R., Stamp, K. D., Allen, N. (accepted). Patient Advocacy in a Changing Health care Climate:Using Focus Groups to Inform Innovative Approaches to Care. To appear in American Journal of Nursing.
  • Stamp, K., Machado, M., Allen, N. (2013). Transitional care programs improve outcomes for heart failure patients: An integrative review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.  Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e31827db560
  • Stamp, K. D., Allen, N., Lehrer, S., Zagarins, S. E., Welch, G. (2012). Telehealth Program for Medicaid Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Lowers Hemoglobin A1c. Journal of Managed Care Medicine, 15(4).
  • Allen, N., Whittemore, R., & Melkus, G. (2011). A continuous glucose monitoring and problem-solving intervention to change physical activity behavior in women with type 2 diabetes: A pilot study. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 13(11), 1091-1099.

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