Karen Allen, MSW, Ph.D.



1127 East Atwater Avenue
(812) 855-6090
Area of responsibility:
IU Bloomington

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Wayne State University Education

M.S.W. Wayne State University  Social Work Administration

B.A. Oakland University Social Psychology

Area of Interest

Dr. Karen Allen is a professor of Social Work at Indiana University – Bloomington. She received her MSW and doctorate in Education from Wayne State University. She has over fifteen years of practice experience which includes medical social work, private practice counseling traumatized, severely injured and terminally ill clients, agency consultation in program evaluation and hospital administration. Her current area of research includes recovery from trauma and violence, health care, and social work education. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, two books and a number of book chapters. She is also the co-author of Social Work in Health Care: Best Practices and Emerging Trends, published in 2016 by Sage Publications.

Teaching Interest

Graduate courses taught

  • Health Care Social Work

  • Social Work Research Methods

  • Social Welfare Policy

  • Interpersonal Practice

  • Addictions: Theory and Practice

  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Individual; and with Families

  • Foundation Practice I & II

  • Grant Writing for Human Service Professionals

  • Doctoral Seminar in Research Applications

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Social Work

  • Social Welfare Policies

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I, II

  • Sociology of the Family

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Field Seminar and Internship I, II

  • Fundamentals of Social Work Practice

  • Generalist Social Work Practice I, II, III & IV

  • Social Work Research Methods I

  • Social Work Research Methods II

Practice Experience

Medical Social Worker: Emergency room, psychiatric crisis unit, rehabilitation services

Hospital Social Work Director

Hospital Social Work Adminstrator overseeing Quality Management

Private practice

Consulting practice in program evaluation and preparing for JACHO, CARF and CSWE accrediation

Publications / Presentations

Allen, K., & Spitzer, W. (2016). Social work practice in health care: Advanced approaches and emerging trends. Sage Publications.

Wozniak, D., & Allen, K. (2013). Surviving domestic violence. Adams Press: Avon MA.

Spitzer, W., & Neuman, K. (Eds.). (2009). Senior services delivery: Ethical issues and responses. Petersburg, VA: Dietz Press.

Friedman, B. & Neuman Allen, K. (2014). Systems theory. In J. Brandell (Ed.), Essentials of clinical practice. Sage Publications, 3-19. Sage Publications.

Friedman, B. & Neuman Allen, K. (2011). Systems theory. In J. Brandell (Ed.), Theory and practice of clinical social work, (3-18). Sage Publications.

Neuman Allen, K., & Spitzer, W. (2010). Understanding immigration policy as a basis for culturally sensitive health care social work practice. In W. Spitzer, (Ed.) Immigration: Health care social work policy and practice issues,(19 – 34). Petersburg, VA: Dietz Press.

Neuman, K., & Berger, C. (2007). Supervision of paraprofessionals in health care. In W. Spitzer, (Ed.), Social work supervision in health care, (49 – 60). Petersburg, VA: Dietz Press.

Silverman, E., Spitzer, W. & Allen, K. (2015). From organizational awareness to organizational competency. Social Work in Health Care, 43(3), 193-211.

Allen, K., Kachalsky, E., & Friedman, B. (Accepted for publication). Hemophilia: The effect of health care coverage and care on quality of life. Social Work and Health Inequalities.

Allen, K. & Wozniak, D. (2014). The integration of healing rituals in group treatment for survivors of domestic violence. Social Work in Mental Health, 12 (1), 52-68.

Allen, K. (2012). What is an ethical dilemma? Teaching social workers how to recognize a true dilemma. The New Social Worker, 19(2), 4-6.

Neuman Allen, K. (2011). Health care social workers and ethics committees. The New Social Worker, 18(4), 4 -8.

Wozniak, D. & Allen, K. (2011). Ritual and performance in domestic violence healing: From survivor to thriver through a Rites of Passage Intervention.Culture, Anthropology and Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1007/sl11013-011-9236-9.

Neuman Allen, K. & Wozniak, D. (2010). The language of healing: Women’s voices in healing and recovering from domestic violence. Social Work in Mental Health, 9(1), 37 – 55.

Neuman Allen, K. & Friedman, B. (Fall, 2010). Affective learning: A taxonomy for teaching social work values. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 7(2).

Neuman Allen, K. & Kachalsky, E. (2010). Aging with hemophilia: Implications for social work practice. Social Work in Health Care, 49(4), 327 – 345.

Neuman, K. (2006). Using distance education to connect diverse communities, colleges and students. The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 10(2), 16-27.

Spitzer, W.J., Neuman, K., & Holden, G. (2004). The coming of age for assisted care: New options for senior housing and social work practice. Social Work in Health Care, 38(3), 21-45.

Neuman, K., & Ptak, M. (2003) Managing managed care through accreditation standards. Social Work, 48(3), 384-391.

Neuman, K. (2003). From practice evaluation to agency evaluation: Demonstrating outcomes to the United Way. Social Work in Mental Health, 1(2) 1-14.

Neuman, K. (2003). Developing a comprehensive outcomes management program: A ten step process. Administration in Social Work, 27(1), 5-23.

Neuman, K. (2003). The effects of organizational reengineering on job satisfaction for staff in hospital social work departments. Social Work and Health Care, 26(4), 19-33.

Friedman, B. & Neuman, K. (2001). Learning Plans: A tool for forging alliances in social work education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 21 (3/4), 123-138.

Neuman, K. (2000). Understanding organizational reengineering in health care: Strategies for social work’s survival. Social Work in Health Care, 31 (1), 19-33.

Neuman, K. & Blundo, R. (2000). Curricular philosophies and social work education: A constructivist perspective. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 20(1/2), 19-37.

Neuman, K., Malloch, K. & Ruetten, V. (1999). Reengineering outcomes management: An integrated approach to managing data, systems and process. Journal for Quality Management in Health Care, 8(1), 29-46.

Neuman, K., & Wade, L. (1999). Advance directives: The experience of health care professionals across the continuum. Social Work in Health Care, 28(3), 39-54.

Neuman, K. (1998). Not the time: A personal reflection on counseling families on end-of-life decisions. Reflections: Narratives on Professional Helping, 4(3), 50-55.

Neuman, K., Cox, D., & Bullough, K. (1998). Transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus among family members: A case study. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 15(1), 9-20.

Neuman, K., & Friedman, B. (1997). Process recordings: Fine tuning an old instrument. Journal of Social Work Education, 33(2), 237-245. Peer reviewed.

Book Review, (February, 2014). Serving Military Families in the 21st Century. Taylor & Francis.

Book Review, (November, 2013). Social Work in Health, Mental Health and Communities. Sage Publications.

Neuman Allen, K. & Blodgett, B. (2009). Success and failure in undergraduate distance education programs: The experiences of two social work programs. Educational Resource Information Center – ERIC (ED504677).

Spitzer, W., & Neuman, K. (2004). Growth of senior care options: Opportunities for social work practice in assisted living communities. The Leader, 29 (3), 7-8.

Spitzer, W. & Neuman, K. (2003). The evolution of assisted living and implications for social work practice. In W. Spitzer (Ed.)., Selected Proceeding of the38th Annual Conference of the National Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (pp. 23 -33). Atlanta: GA.

Neuman, K. (2001, September - October). Life after reengineering in hospital social work departments. The Continuum, 17-21