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Academic Service

  • 2009/2010 Helen Corley Petit Scholar
  • 2003 Graduate Student Organization Instructional Award for Outstanding Teaching and Advising of Graduate Students, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
  • 2011 Dazzling Woman Faculty Award, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Women’s Resource Center Annual Awards.
  • 2015 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement for the Psychological Services Center Advocacy Project. Project Director.
  • 2015 Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • 2016 University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Professional Information

  • 2009 Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration Children’s Mental Health Initiative. N. Allen, & M. Aber, Principal Co-Directors of Research Component. $1,800,000 over six years.
  • 2006 National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Coordinating the Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Collaborative Settings in Producing Systems Change. N. Allen, Principal Investigator. $356,830 funded.
  • 2014 System of Care Statewide Expansion Implementation Grant. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Children’s Mental Health Initiative via State of Illinois. M. Aber & N. Allen, Principal Co-Directors of Research Component. $541,760 over four years.
  • 2015 Champaign County Community Mental Health Board. Evaluation of Mental Health Board Funded Programs. N. Allen & M. Aber, Co-Principal Investigators. $50,000 funded.


Research Interests

My research program has four major thrusts: a) to examine systems change processes in the response to social issues (namely, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and juvenile delinquency) and the role of collaborative settings in facilitating such change; b) to explore the experiences of individuals as they navigate complex systems (formal systems such as criminal justice, human service, health care, as well as informal systems such as faith-based settings, sororities, and social networks); c) to investigate the effectiveness of social interventions that aim to alter the contexts of individuals’ lives to promote health and well-being; and d) to examine the gendered nature and context of intimate partner violence.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Michigan State University


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