Phil A. Allen, PhD. received his Ph.D. in Life-span Developmental/Experimental from Ohio State University in 1987. He completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Aging and Human development, Duke Medical Center. Research interests include age differences in human performance, visual word recognition, attention, perception, memory, and event-related potentials. Courses taught include cognitive processes, perception, engineering psychology, and research in cognitive aging.

Dr. Allen’s publications have appeared in Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, Experimental Aging Research, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Memory and Cognition, and Perception & Psychophysics.


  • Program Advisor, Conquer Chiari Research Center
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Akron, Akron, OH.
    January 1, 2000 to present
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
    September 1, 1996 to December 31, 1999.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
    September 1, 1992 to August 31, 1996
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
    July 1, 1989 to August 1992
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
    July 1987 to June 1989

Selected Publications

Allen, Philip A., Bucur, Barbara, Grabbe, Jeremy, Work, Tammy, & Madden, D.J. (in press).
Influence of encoding difficulty, word frequency and phonological regularity on age differences in word naming.
Experimental Aging Research.

Baena, Elsa, Allen, P.A., Kaut, K.P., & Hall, R.J. (2010).
On age differences in prefrontal function: The importance of emotional/cognitive integration. Neuropsychologia, 48, 319-333.

Tomasik, D., Ruthruff, E., Allen, P.A., & Lien, M.-C. (2009).
Non-automatic emotion perception in a dual-task situation. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 16, 282-288.

Allen, P.A., Smith, A.F., Lien, M.C., Kaut, K.P. Canfield, A. (2009).
A multi-stream model of visual word recognition. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 71, 281-296.

Allen, P.A., Ruthruff, E., Elicker, J.D., Lien, M-C. (2009).
Multi-session dual-task PRP practice benefits older and younger adults equally. Experimental Aging Research, 35, 369-399.

Sweitzer, M.A., Allen, P.A., Kaut, K.P. (2008).
Relation of individual differences in impulsivity to non-clinical emotional decision making. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 878-882.

Lien, M.C., Ruthruff, E., Cornett, L., Goodin, Z., & Allen, P.A. (2008).
On the non-automaticity of word processing: Electrophysiological evidence that word processing requires central attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 751-773.

Allen, P.A., Wallace, B., Grabbe, J., McCarthy, A., & Bush, A.H. (2008).
The early bird does not get the worm: Time-of-day effects on college students’ basic cognitive processing. American Journal of Psychology, 121, 551-564.

Ruthruff, E., Allen P.A., Lien, M-C., Grabbe, J. (2008). Visual word recognition without central attention: Evidence for greater automaticity for greater reading ability. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15, 337-343.

Arnaud, L., Lemaire, P., Allen, P., Bernard, F.M. (2008).
Strategic aspects of young, healthy older adults, and Alzheimer’s patients’ arithmetic performance. Cortex, 44, 119-130.