Diane Allen

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1600 Holloway Ave, HSS 118
San Francisco CA 94132
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    My physical therapy experience and academic background are in qualitative and quantitative tests and measures, neurorehabilitation, and evidence-based practice. I currently collaborate on a research team assessing and studying improvement in balance and gait in multiple sclerosis using sensory augmentation methods. I was co-PI on a successfully completed three-year NICHD-funded (R15) study examining possible mechanisms of effect and the characteristics of patients that respond well to somatosensory intervention. Specifically, I supervised or performed the data analysis for all components of that study. As a recipient of one of the first PCORI pilot grants (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), I investigated patient-reported outcomes across six dimensions of movement for patients undergoing physical therapy. For the PCORI study, I used item response theory analysis techniques to compare patient perceptions of their movement abilities with the clinicians' emphases in therapy, noting that lack of agreement can lead to sub-optimal outcomes. As a professor at San Francisco State University with a joint appointment at the University of California San Francisco, I teach in an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the post-professional doctoral program, and a physical therapy neuroresidency program. I provide statistical support for students and colleagues in addition to instructing students in meta-analyses related to evidence-based practice. Several of my entry-level students' systematic review and meta-analysis projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals. I have authored or co-authored text-book chapters related to muscle tone, balance and falls, and neuromuscular diseases.

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    1. "Self-care selfies": Patient-uploaded videos capture meaningful changes in dexterity over 6 months. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2023 Dec; 10(12):2394-2406. Gopal A, Torres WO, Winawer I, Poole S, Balan A, Stuart HS, Fritz NE, Gelfand JM, Allen DD, Bove R. PMID: 37877622; PMCID: PMC10723247.
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    2. Self-Report Measures of Fatigue for People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2024 Jan 01; 48(1):6-14. Cohen ET, Matsuda PN, Fritz NE, Allen DD, Yorke AM, Widener GL, Jewell ST, Potter K. PMID: 37406155.
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    3. Remote Assessments of Hand Function in Neurological Disorders: Systematic Review. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol. 2022 Mar 09; 9(1):e33157. Gopal A, Hsu WY, Allen DD, Bove R. PMID: 35262502; PMCID: PMC8943610.
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    4. Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Addressing Sexual Dysfunction in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Int J MS Care. 2021 Sep-Oct; 23(5):213-222. Gopal A, Sydow R, Block V, Allen DD. PMID: 34720761; PMCID: PMC8550487.
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    5. Patterns of balance loss with systematic perturbations in Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation. 2021; 49(4):607-618. Allen DD, Gadayan J, Hughes R, Magdalin C, Jang C, Schultz A, Scott K, Vivero L, Lazaro RL, Widener GL. PMID: 34776428; PMCID: PMC8764603.
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    6. Homelessness and rates of physical dysfunctions characteristic of premature geriatric syndromes: systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiother Theory Pract. 2022 Jul; 38(7):858-867. Suh K, Beck J, Katzman W, Allen DD. PMID: 32835565.
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    7. Association of Continuous Assessment of Step Count by Remote Monitoring With Disability Progression Among Adults With Multiple Sclerosis. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 03 01; 2(3):e190570. Block VJ, Bove R, Zhao C, Garcha P, Graves J, Romeo AR, Green AJ, Allen DD, Hollenbach JA, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Pletcher MJ, Cree BAC, Gelfand JM. PMID: 30874777; PMCID: PMC6484622.
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    8. Remote Physical Activity Monitoring in Neurological Disease: A Systematic Review. PLoS One. 2016; 11(4):e0154335. Block VA, Pitsch E, Tahir P, Cree BA, Allen DD, Gelfand JM. PMID: 27124611; PMCID: PMC4849800.
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    9. Gaps between patients' reported current and preferred abilities versus clinicians' emphases during an episode of care: any agreement? Qual Life Res. 2015 May; 24(5):1137-43. Allen DD, Talavera C, Baxter S, Topp K. PMID: 25502091.
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    10. Effect of low-level laser therapy on pain and swelling in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Cancer Surviv. 2015 Jun; 9(2):287-304. Smoot B, Chiavola-Larson L, Lee J, Manibusan H, Allen DD. PMID: 25432632.
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    11. Peripheral response to cervical or thoracic spinal manual therapy: an evidence-based review with meta analysis. J Man Manip Ther. 2014 Nov; 22(4):220-9. Chu J, Allen DD, Pawlowsky S, Smoot B. PMID: 25395830; PMCID: PMC4215103.
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    12. Variability in postural control with and without balance-based torso- weighting in people with multiple sclerosis and healthy controls. Phys Ther. 2014 Oct; 94(10):1489-98. Hunt CM, Widener G, Allen DD. PMID: 24903118; PMCID: PMC4183891.
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    13. Standing data disproves biomechanical mechanism for balance-based torso-weighting. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jan; 95(1):43-9. Crittendon A, O'Neill D, Widener GL, Allen DD. PMID: 24001445; PMCID: PMC3918424.
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    14. Assessing the gap between current movement ability and preferred movement ability as a measure of disability. Phys Ther. 2011 Dec; 91(12):1789-803. Allen DD, Wagner JM. PMID: 22003162; PMCID: PMC3229044.
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    15. Using item response modeling methods to test theory related to human performance. J Appl Meas. 2010; 11(2):99-111. Allen DD. PMID: 20693696.
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    16. Evaluating rehabilitation outcomes from the client's perspective by identifying the gap between current and preferred movement ability. Disabil Rehabil. 2010; 32(6):452-61. Allen DD, Cott CA. PMID: 19852715.
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