- Ph.D. University of Kentucky
- B.S.Ph. University of Kentucky
- Dean of the School of Pharmacy
- Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Professor of BioMolecular Sciences
- Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dean Allen’s research interests are in the area of brain drug delivery, blood-brain barrier function and nutrient transport as well as cellular uptake kinetics. In addition he has investigated academic administration, predictors of success in pharmacy education, interprofessional education and assessment.
Dr. David D. Allen is Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Professor of BioMolecular Sciences and Executive Director and Research Professor of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi. Before joining Ole Miss as pharmacy dean in January 2012, he was founding Dean of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy, formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy, in Rootstown, Ohio, and Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, Texas. He also served as Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology in NEOMED’s College of Medicine while he was the dean of pharmacy.
Dean Allen received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, then practiced community pharmacy for several years before returning to UK to earn his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. He has been licensed to practice pharmacy in five states and has been a visiting scientist in Chile, France and Switzerland, as well as at the Laboratory of Neurosciences’ Neurochemistry and Brain Transport Section of the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging, where he also was an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow.
He has served as principal investigator or collaborator on more than 30 research projects funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the government of Chile and pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Allen is the author of 74 peer-reviewed articles and 44 professional publications, and he has contributed to seven books. He is also on the editorial boards of Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. He previously served on the editorial boards of Pharmacology Weekly, Life Sciences and the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
The recipient of dozens of leadership, teaching, research and practice awards, Dean Allen served as the 2018-2019 President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He was designated a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2004, the National Academies of Practice in 2009 and the American Pharmacists Association in 2011. He is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Council of Deans. He also chaired AACP’s Biological Sciences Section and Student Services Special Interest Group.