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Christopher G Ahnallen, Ph.D.

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University of Massachusetts , Boston, MAPhD12/2006Clinical Psychology
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MAMA05/2003Clinical Psychology
Bates College, Lewiston, MEBA05/1999Psychology & Spanish
Diversity and Inclusion Service Award
Nga Pham Award for Excellence in Psychology Training
Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award
Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award
Early Career Investigator Award
Manfed Meier Neuropsychology Scholarship
Stanley Fellowship Award

I am the Interim Director of Psychology and Director of Psychology Training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Currently, I am the Internship Training Director for psychology internship training program. I direct the psychology externship programs within Inpatient Psychiatry and Ambulatory Psychology. I previously served for 4 years as the Site Director for an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship training program in psychology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. I provide clinical supervision of psychology interns and psychiatry residents within the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at this site. I have previously served as the VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Site Director for the Brockton/ West Roxbury campuses, responsible for site administration and clinical supervision development. Nationally, I have regularly presented on supervision development for psychologists and have multiple education publications. As recognition of my contributions in education, I was awarded the Nga Pham Excellence in Psychology Education Award in 2016.

A specific focus of my teaching and educational leadership is within the domain of diversity education. I co-founded, and currently co-chair, the BWH Psychiatry Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In 2019, we received a BWH Aspire Grant to support recruitment and retention efforts in the department for underrepresented minorities. I have developed Healthcare Equality Index survey applications for the Human Rights Campaign at Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, which were recognized with Leader designation. In 2019 I was awarded a BWH Pillar Award for diversity and inclusion efforts. I have previously served as the chair of the Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Committee at VA Boston Healthcare System. In 2012, I received a 3.5-year educational research grant from the American Psychological Association to increase culturally competent clinical practice within the VA Boston Healthcare System’s 250+ faculty and trainees in mental health. Activities included organizing and hosting local, regional and national leaders to present educational colloquia, developing a multicultural multimedia library and researching educational outcomes. My co-PI for this grant is a former pre-doctoral psychology intern who was a previously supervisee and mentee. For this work I received the HMS Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership in 2013.

I have clinical expertise in the areas of serious mental illness, gender diversity and tobacco cessation, via clinical leadership, grant funding, editorial roles, and scholarships with 20 peer-reviewed publications. I am the Director of Inpatient Psychiatry Psychosocial Programming, leading the transformation of the inpatient service into an empirically-supported and recovery-oriented care setting, including integration of peer recovery services. I also developed a Gender Diversity Clinic and co-founded the Transgender Clinic at BWH. In 2013, I was awarded a VA Public Health program grant to develop patient education materials for tobacco cessation, materials that have been disseminated nationally within the VA. In 2013, we were awarded an Innovation Grant from the VA to expand recovery-oriented care. In 2014, under my leadership, we were awarded training support to improve tobacco cessation for persons with mental health and substance use problems.

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  1. Macenski CL, Keuroghlian AS, AhnAllen CG, Beemyn G, Erlick E, Gill-Peterson J, Harper JM, Ramos R, Stroumsa D, Benetti FJ, Fromson JA. (In)Equality and Beyond: Achieving Justice in Gender-Affirming Hormone Initiation. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2022 Nov-Dec 01; 30(6):369-372. PMID: 36534839.
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  2. Felhofer A, Crowe T, AhnAllen CG, Mistler LA, Suzuki J. Assessment and Treatment of a Deaf Patient with Alcohol Use Disorder-Limitations and Special Considerations. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2022 May-Jun 01; 30(3):198-206. PMID: 35452427.
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  3. Hamnvik OR, Agarwal S, AhnAllen CG, Goldman AL, Goldman AL, Reisner SL. Telemedicine and Inequities in Health Care Access: The Example of Transgender Health. Transgend Health. 2022 Apr; 7(2):113-116. PMID: 36644516; PMCID: PMC9829126.
    Citations: 2     
  4. Noyola N, Sierra MJ, Allen DE, AhnAllen CG. Incorporating Administrative Staff in Trans-Affirmative Care Training: A Cognitive-Behavioral Learning Approach. Transgend Health. 2021 Aug; 6(4):224-228. PMID: 34414279; PMCID: PMC8363985.
  5. Amonoo HL, Levy-Carrick NC, Nadkarni A, Grossman SJ, Green DW, Longley RM, Silbersweig DA, AhnAllen CG. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: An Instrument to Champion Diversity Efforts Within a Large Academic Psychiatry Department. Psychiatr Serv. 2022 02 01; 73(2):223-226. PMID: 34157855.
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  6. Schnitzer K, AhnAllen CG, Beck S, Oliveira Y, Fromson JA, Evins AE. Multidisciplinary barriers to addressing tobacco cessation during an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Addict Behav. 2021 09; 120:106988. PMID: 34051645.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. AhnAllen CG. How Should Trainees Be Taught to Have Compassionate Intention When Force Is Necessary to Care Well for Patients? AMA J Ethics. 2021 04 01; 23(4):E318-325. PMID: 33950827.
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  8. Qayyum Z, AhnAllen CG, Van Schalkwyk GI, Luff D. "You Really Never Forget It!" Psychiatry Trainee Supervision Needs and Supervisor Experiences Following the Suicide of a Patient. Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Jun; 45(3):279-287. PMID: 33575964.
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  9. Qayyum Z, Luff D, Van Schalkwyk GI, AhnAllen CG. Recommendations for Effectively Supporting Psychiatry Trainees Following a Patient Suicide. Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Jun; 45(3):301-305. PMID: 33532917.
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  10. Nadkarni A, Hasler V, AhnAllen CG, Amonoo HL, Green DW, Levy-Carrick NC, Mittal L. Telehealth During COVID-19-Does Everyone Have Equal Access? Am J Psychiatry. 2020 11 01; 177(11):1093-1094. PMID: 33135470.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  11. AhnAllen CG. Editorial: Improving health care for gender diverse youth through education and training. Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2020 02; 25(1):1-3. PMID: 32285634.
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  12. Lonergan BB, Duchin NP, Fromson JA, AhnAllen CG. Skills-Based Psychotherapy Training for Inpatient Psychiatry Residents: a Needs Assessment and Evaluation of a Pilot Curriculum. Acad Psychiatry. 2020 Jun; 44(3):320-323. PMID: 31828674.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Kosman KA, AhnAllen CG, Fromson JA. A Call to Action: the Need for Integration of Transgender Topics in Psychiatry Education. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Feb; 43(1):82-88. PMID: 30105575.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Lento RM, Carson-Wong A, Green JD, AhnAllen CG, Kleespies PM. Is Suicidal Behavior in Mood Disorders Altered by Comorbid PTSD? Crisis. 2019 Jan; 40(1):62-66. PMID: 30052078.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Ruben MA, Shipherd JC, Topor D, AhnAllen CG, Sloan CA, Walton HM, Matza AR, Trezza GR. Advancing LGBT Health Care Policies and Clinical Care Within a Large Academic Health Care System: A Case Study. J Homosex. 2017; 64(10):1411-1431. PMID: 28459380.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Topor DR, AhnAllen CG, Mulligan EA, Dickey CC. Using Video Recordings of Psychotherapy Sessions in Supervision: Strategies to Reduce Learner Anxiety. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Feb; 41(1):40-43. PMID: 27558629.
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  17. Castro F, AhnAllen CG, Wiltsey-Stirman S, Lester-Williams K, Klunk-Gillis J, Dick AM, Resick PA. African American and European American veterans' perspectives on receiving mental health treatment. Psychol Serv. 2015 Aug; 12(3):330-8. PMID: 25822316; PMCID: PMC4516607.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Walton HM, Chow L, Topor DR, Pepple JR, Fish S, Ahnallen CG. Treatment of Women Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Serious Mental Illness in an Inpatient Mental Health Treatment Setting: A Case Study. Women Ther. 2015; 38(1-2):128-140. PMID: 35663477; PMCID: PMC9161437.
  19. AhnAllen CG, Bidwell LC, Tidey JW. Cognitive effects of very low nicotine content cigarettes, with and without nicotine replacement, in smokers with schizophrenia and controls. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 May; 17(5):510-4. PMID: 25143294.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCTClinical Trials
  20. AhnAllen C, Karel M, Topor D. Developing as a clinical supervisor: Competence, style, and self-awareness. MedEdPORTAL. 2013; 9. PMID: 35655899; PMCID: PMC9159502.
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  21. Tidey JW, Rohsenow DJ, Kaplan GB, Swift RM, Ahnallen CG. Separate and combined effects of very low nicotine cigarettes and nicotine replacement in smokers with schizophrenia and controls. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Jan; 15(1):121-9. PMID: 22517190; PMCID: PMC3524060.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. AhnAllen CG. The role of the a7 nicotinic receptor in cognitive processing of persons with schizophrenia. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2012 Mar; 25(2):103-8. PMID: 22262029.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Ahnallen CG, Liverant GI, Gregor KL, Kamholz BW, Levitt JJ, Gulliver SB, Pizzagalli DA, Koneru VK, Kaplan GB. The relationship between reward-based learning and nicotine dependence in smokers with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2012 Mar 30; 196(1):9-14. PMID: 22342123.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Kleespies PM Ahnallen CG Knight JA Presskreischer B Barrs KL Boyd BL Dennis JP. Psychological Services. A study of self-injurious and suicidal behavior in a veteran population. 2011; 3(8):236-250. View Publication.
  25. Ahnallen CG, Tidey JW. Personalized smoking environment cue reactivity in smokers with schizophrenia and controls: a pilot study. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Jul 30; 188(2):286-8. PMID: 21550670.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Adolfo AB, AhnAllen CG, Tidey JW. Effects of smoking cues on caffeine urges in heavy smokers and caffeine consumers with and without schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2009 Feb; 107(2-3):192-7. PMID: 19006656.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. AhnAllen CG, Nestor PG, Shenton ME, McCarley RW, Niznikiewicz MA. Early nicotine withdrawal and transdermal nicotine effects on neurocognitive performance in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2008 Mar; 100(1-3):261-9. PMID: 17884348; PMCID: PMC2365510.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. AhnAllen CG, Nestor PG, McCarley RW, Shenton ME. The role of retrieval inhibition in the associative memory impairment of schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2007 Feb 28; 150(1):43-50. PMID: 17188366.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Nestor PG, Piech R, Allen C, Niznikiewicz M, Shenton M, McCarley RW. Retrieval-induced forgetting in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2005 Jun 15; 75(2-3):199-209. PMID: 15885511; PMCID: PMC2772129.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Niznikiewicz MA, Shenton ME, Voglmaier M, Nestor PG, Dickey CC, Frumin M, Seidman LJ, Allen CG, McCarley RW. Semantic dysfunction in women with schizotypal personality disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2002 Oct; 159(10):1767-74. PMID: 12359685; PMCID: PMC2845844.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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