Claudia W. Allen, PhD, JD

Claudia W. Allen, PhD, JD

Professional photo of Claudia Allen taken 9/2012

Claudia W. Allen, PhD, JD
Associate Professor
Director of Behavioral Science for Family Medicine




PhD Degree: University of Virginia
JD Degree: Yale Law School


I've come to Family Medicine out of a love and respect for the idea of medicine treating the whole person (and the whole family if possible). I'm a clinical psychologist and joined the department to teach residents about psychosocial issues and to see patients myself in the Family Stress Clinic. As a psychological clinic embedded within Family Medicine, the Family Stress Clinic is an almost unique resource that is known far and wide as a wonderful place to train, to grow as a doctor or a patient, and to have fun. We see patients with a wide variety of mind/body problems, from mood disorders to parenting stress to grief and loss to pain management and beyond. We love to see patients ourselves, and to share what we know about people and how to help them with the wonderful physicians teaching and learning at UVA.

I have to admit that I was coaxed to Charlottesville from New England by my husband, Joe, who was joining the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. That was 1989...Since then, I've grown to love the small but vibrant city, its wonderful schools, old trees, lively arts, and proximity to both DC and the Blue Ridge. All three of our children have been born here in Charlottesville and have thrived in the city schools. I completed my Ph.D. at UVA in 1996 and spent time teaching in the UVA Department of Pediatrics and in private practice before joining Family Medicine in 2007. My clinical interests include family therapy, resilience and self-care in the helping professions, problems in parenting, marital and family functioning in senior citizens, grief, adoption, custody arrangements after divorce, and strengthening healthy coping skills. Fundamentally, though, I love talking with people about their lives and how they can get the most health and joy from each day.