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LaRue Allen

Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs; Raymond and Rosalee Weiss Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology


LaRue Allen, PhD, is the Raymond and Rosalee Weiss Professor of Applied Psychology and Chair of the Department of Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She also directs the Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC), which focuses on bringing social science knowledge to policymakers and practitioners concerned with young children and their families. As part of her work at CFPC, Dr. Allen has partnered with the agencies that oversee the publicly-funded early care and education system in New York City and State on research initatives such as Authentic Assessment in preschool settings, and Family Child Care Workforce Development. From 2014-2015, Dr. Allen was Chair of the Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success, which was convened by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In April 2015, the Committee released its report entitled Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. This is available at:

Selected Publications

  • Allen, L., Berg, J., & Bang, H.J. (2016). Engagement civique des électeurs au seuil de l’âge adulte en région parisienne. Recherches en Éducation, 26, 18-30.
  • Allen, L., Bang, H.J. (2015). Ecological contexts and youth civic and political engagement in Paris, France. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 39, 34-43.
  • Astuto, J., & Allen, L. (2009). Home Visitation and Young Children: An Approach Worth Investing In? Social Policy Report: Publication of the Society for Research in Child Development, 23(4).
  • Allen, L., Bat-Chava, Y., Aber, J.L. & Seidman, E. (2005). Adolescent Racial and Ethnic Identity in Context. In G. Downey, J. Eccles, & C. Chatman (Eds.), Navigating the future: Social Identity, Coping, and Life Tasks (pp.143-166). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.


Developmental Psychology

Prepare for a career as a professor, researcher, or human services professional, or a director or evaluator of mental health and health promotion programs.

Psychology and Social Intervention

Prepare for a career as a social scientist, with strong quantitative training and exposure to interdisciplinary methods to examine setting-level phenomena.

Human Development and Social Intervention

The Human Development and Social Intervention program prepares students to pursue careers as research project directors, research coordinators, and more.


Adolescent Development

Adolescence as a life stage. Physical, intellectual, social, & psycho-sexual development. Attention to youth from diverse racial/ethnic & socio-cultural backgrounds.Applications & implications for schooling & for prevention & intervention programs directed at psycho-social problems in adolescence will be discussed.Particular emphasis will be placed on neighborhoods, schools & families as contexts of, & important influences on development.
Course #
APSY-UE 1272

Special Topics in Applied Psychology: Workshop in Research Development

Provides intensive reviews of common methods of quantitative or qualitative data analysis, & methods of design or measurement used in psychological research. Organized as a series of multisession workshops to provide an overview of the basic assumptions underlying a specific method, strategies for conducting analyses, reading outputs, & interpreting findings. Workshops offered for variable points (0-6); & point values for each workshop will be determined by the Department of Applied Psychology.
Course #
APSY-GE 2686