Terrence T. Allen, MSSA, Ph.D.

Terrence T. Allen, MSSA, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Terrence Allen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the faculty at The University of Texas he was the coordinator of the juvenile justice concentration at North Carolina Central University and on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. He has a combined twenty-eight years of practice and research experience. His general research interest and area of expertise is children and families residing in urban communities. He is particularly interested in children involved in multiple systems and the interaction between police and juveniles in urban communities. Allen’s work is guided by the belief that the coordination of child welfare, education and juvenile justice systems are critical to helping children and families on the margins of society.

During his career he has served as a consultant for various social service agencies in Ohio and Michigan including Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Cleveland Municipal School District, Wayne County Juvenile Court and Wayne County Mental Health Agency. The focus of his work has been to help private community based agencies and public social service systems develop and implement a coordinated systems change that will improve the quality of their overall service delivery system.

Allen is a member of several professional organizations including The Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Society of Social Work Research (SSWR) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) where he also serves on the national advisory board. His education includes a BA in history from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); A Master’s Degree in Social Science Administration from Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University; And a PhD in Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

The intersection between the child welfare, juvenile justice, education and mental health systems; the interaction between police and juveniles in urban communities; urban neighborhood development and community based program development and evaluation.


  • Ph.D., University Of Alabama
  • M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles



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Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.130D
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358