Dr. Allen completed a post doctoral internship at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 1990.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and  a Master's degree from Texas Woman's University in family studies. Dr. Allen received her Ph.D in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.  She completed a two year post doctoral  training program at Southwest Family Institute  and received certification from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as a clinical supervisor.