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

In 2007, Philadelphia had an increase in homicides. A murder count was tracked on every news outlet in the city. I became concerned, as I raised 2 young children, about how to support children, in particular adolescents, through this period of marked change while they deal with the added pressures of an increasingly violent society. My research examines programs and strategies for helping adolescents to navigate community violence.I currently do programming, writing and speaking about this topic as well as community work around understanding and avoiding police violence. I am a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) DSW Program. My dissertation entitled Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence is published at ProQuest and Scholarly Commons. I have also co-written articles on the same topic for the multiple peer reviewed journals.I have presented for the Association of Black Social Workers on healing from trauma; and the Horizons Youth Services Counseling Conference on case management. I am included in a book entitled “Police and the Unarmed Black Male Crisis: Advancing effective prevention strategies” (Routledge, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-138-09532-8 (Planned Publication: 30/09/2017).

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