Ethical Practices in Geropsychology




Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Allen received her PhD in 1994 from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Gerontology at The Pennsylvania State University. She has published on translation of end-of-life/dignity interventions, diversity in advance care planning, clinical training, behavioral interventions in long-term care, and mental health among aging prisoners. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Board of Geropsychology, a member of the APA Working Group on End of Life Issues and Care, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the APA, and is American Editor of Aging and Mental Health. She teaches Clinical Psychology of Aging-Intervention, Lifespan Development, Geropsychology Practicum, and undergraduate statistics. Dr. Allen is a First-Generation Scholar and welcomes individuals of similar backgrounds into her laboratory.

Overview: The content of this webinar is supported by the scientific and clinical practice activities completed by Dr. Rebecca Allen following completion of her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. Dr. Allen became board certified by the ABPP in Geropsychology in 2014 and, along with Dr. Shane Bush, she has helped develop the ethics vignettes used in the ABPP oral  examination.  Dr. Allen holds scientific expertise in: (a) the design of interventions to improve quality of life for individuals near the end of life and their families and (b) diversity as it influences medical decision making. Dr. Allen is a First-Generation Scholar committed to a career in teaching/training the next generation.


  1. Participants will be able to interpret an ethical decision-making rubric and work with case material regarding clinical practice with older, community-dwelling adults.
  2. Participants will be able to describe interprofessional communication issues and ethics that arise in working with older adults with diminished capacity.
  3. Participants will understand the context of shared decision-making and ethical delimmas that arise in various settings in which older adults live.