Valerie Dorsey Allen, MSW, DSW

Valerie Dorsey Allen, MSW, DSW
Associate Fellow

Director, African-American Resource Center

Public Health Interests

Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Valerie Dorsey Allen is a graduate of the SP2 DSW Program. Her dissertation, entitled "Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence," is published at ProQuest and Scholarly Commons. She has presented for the Association of Black Social Workers on healing from trauma; and the Horizons Youth Services Counseling Conference on case management. Concerned by Philadelphia's increase in homicide counts in 2007, her research examines programs and strategies for helping adolescents to navigate community violence. She is currently do programming, writing, and speaking about this topic as well as community work around understanding and avoiding police violence.

Select Publications:

Allen, V. D. & Solomon, P. (2016) EVIP—Edutainment violence intervention/prevention model, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26:3-4, 325-335,DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2015.1129251

Allen, V. & Solomon, P. (2012) Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention with Black Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community., 40, 313-324.DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2012.707452