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Claudia Allen, PhD

Claudia W Allen, PhD

Department: Family Medicine Division: General Family Medicine Appointment Title: Associate Professor of Family Medicine; Director of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Family Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Location:
UVA Family Medicine
University Hospital First Floor 1221 Lee St. Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.924.1622 | Fax: 434.243.2916 Other Locations:
UVA Family Medicine and Specialty Care Crozet
Family Stress Clinic

Biography

Claudia Allen is the director of the Family Stress Clinic and the director of behavioral science in the Department of Family Medicine at UVA. Her clinical interests include family therapy, resilience and self-care in the helping professions, problems in parenting, marital and family functioning, grief, adoption, custody arrangements after divorce, and strengthening healthy coping skills.

She uses interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and family therapy. Fundamentally, though, she loves talking with people about their lives and how they can get the most health and joy from each day.

Dr. Allen was born in New Hampshire and returns to Maine every summer. The beautiful mountains and woods of central Virginia remind her of northern New England.

She graduated from Yale College in 1983 and Yale Law School in 1986. After a few years practicing law, she returned to graduate school in clinical psychology and received her doctorate from UVA in 1996. She trained here at UVA and did an internship at UVA’s counseling center and a residency in family medicine. 

Dr. Allen is married and has three grown children and two labs. She serves on the board of the local community mental health organization, Region Ten, and is the steward of a Little Free Library. For fun, she enjoys making art, hiking and travel.