Albert J. Allen, MD, PhD, is Recognized for Leadership in Child Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Higher Education

Dr. Allen serves as a child psychiatrist with Eli Lilly and Company

INDIANAPOLIS, November 17, 2021 – Albert J. Allen, MD, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Allen has served as a child psychiatrist, pharmacologist and senior medical fellow at Eli Lilly and Company since 2011. Responsible for the development of Strattera, which is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and for securing approval from the Federal Drug Administration, he has also been involved in conducting various pediatric studies, designing trials and providing regulatory input for other psychiatric drugs. Dr. Allen worked with the organization as a clinical research physician, as a senior clinical research physician and a senior medical director between 2000 and 2011. Additionally, he chaired the pediatric steering committee, the drug abuse liability and dependence advisory committee and the bioethics advisory committee at the Lilly’s Development Center of Excellence. The American pharmaceutical company is based in Indianapolis and has locations in 18 countries throughout the world.

Grateful for the time he has spent with Eli Lilly, Dr. Allen’s work has enabled him to significantly contribute to many different aspects of the pediatric medical field, including oncology, neuroscience and immunology, as well as COVID-19. Looking toward the future, he plans to remain active in pediatric drug development and safety, the bioethics of pediatric drug research, and in the improvement of how pediatric clinical trials are conducted worldwide. Dr. Allen also hopes to begin advocating for better drug development for the pediatric population.

Considered one of the most significant child psychiatrists in pediatric oncology, Dr. Allen’s career has included appointments in both academia and government. He began his tenure as a resident physician in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Iowa. He subsequently became a research fellow and resident in the division of child psychiatry and behavioral pediatrics at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Allen also became an assistant professor at the Institute for Juvenile Research and the founder of the Pediatric Anxiety and Tic Disorders Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As a seasoned researcher, Dr. Allen has authored approximately 55 scholarly articles in various peer-reviewed psychiatry and psychopharmacology journals. He also presented “Abstract: A Biopharmaceutical Company’s Bioethics Position on Pediatric Drug and Device Development” at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in 2014. Civically involved as well, Dr. Allen is a former board member of Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church, and chairs the Marion County Commission on Youth.

Having drawn inspiration to join the medical field as a young man, Dr. Allen came of age among a family of medical professionals. His mother, notably, was the head nurse of a psychiatric hospital, while his grandmother was one of the first nurses to ever work at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Iowa. After graduating from Davenport Central High School in 1976, Dr. Allen received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Master of Science in biochemistry at the University of Chicago in 1980, followed by a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in 1988.

Dr. Allen was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to pediatric drug development and his influence in the pediatrics arena from Eli Lilly and Company in 2021. He was previously honored with a Lilly Product Team of the Year Award in 2003. Other accolades to Dr. Allen’s credit include a Jay G. Hirsch Excellence in Child Psychiatry Teaching Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago Child Psychiatry Fellows in 1998 and a Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1995.

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