Allen, Doris Twitchell, 1901-2002

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Psychologist and professor at University of Cincinnati and University of Maine at Orono; founder of Children's International Summer Villages (CISV); wife of Erastus Smith Allen; of Ellsworth, Me.

From the description of Oral history interview, 1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70957492

Doris Twitchell Allen was born October 8, 1901, in Old Town, Maine. She received her A. B. in chemistry in 1923 and an M. A. in biology in 1926, both from the University of Maine. Allen then obtained the PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, and in 1932 completed post-doctoral work at the University of Berlin.

Following WWII, Allen became interested in promoting international peace through work with children. In 1951, she founded the Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), which brings together children from several countries for peace-related activities. Allen received many awards and commendation for her work with the CISV, and in 1979 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (the recipient that year was Mother Teresa). Allen also worked with clinical child populations. She was known for her use of psychodrama techniques with children. She also developed a cross-cultural personality assessment for children.

Allen died on March 7, 2002 in Virginia at the age of 101.

From the guide to the Doris Twitchell Allen papers, 1941-1980, (Center for the History of Psychology)

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referencedIn Children’s International Summer Villages Records: Doris Twitchell Allen Village, 1951-1999 University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library
creatorOf Allen, Doris Twitchell, 1901-. Oral history interview, 1975. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Maine Folklife Center
creatorOf Doris Twitchell Allen papers, 1941-1980 Center for the History of Psychology
creatorOf Allen, Doris Twitchell, 1901-. Doris Twitchell Allen papers, 1941-1984. University of Akron, Bierce Library
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associatedWith American Psychological Association. Division on the Teaching of Psychology. corporateBody
associatedWith Baumgarten, Franziska, 1883-1970. person
associatedWith Bennis, Warren G. person
associatedWith Cautley, Patricia Woodward, 1914- person
associatedWith Children's International Summer Villages. corporateBody
associatedWith CISV International. corporateBody
associatedWith David, Henry Philip, 1923- person
associatedWith Dembo, Tamara, 1902-1993. person
associatedWith Fein, Leah Gold. person
associatedWith Harrower, Molly, 1906-1999. person
associatedWith Hartman, Maryann, person
associatedWith Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith International Association of Applied Psychology. corporateBody
associatedWith International Council of Psychologists. corporateBody
associatedWith International Council of Women Psychologists corporateBody
associatedWith International Union of Psychological Science. corporateBody
associatedWith Karsten, Anitra, 1902- person
associatedWith Marrow, Alfred J. (Alfred Jay), 1905-1978. person
associatedWith Peace Corps (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Preston, Harley O. person
associatedWith Psychologists Interested in the Advancement of Psychotherapy (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Riess, Bernard F. (Bernard Frank), 1907- person
associatedWith Sanua, Victor D. person
associatedWith Silverman, Hirsch Lazaar, 1915- person
associatedWith Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. corporateBody
associatedWith Steinmann, Anne. person
associatedWith Unesco. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Cincinnati. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Maine at Orono. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Krevelen, Alice. person
associatedWith World Federation for Mental Health. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Child psychology
Children and peace
Developmental psychology
History of psychology
International cooperation
Projective techniques
Psychologists United States
Women psychologists
Women psychologists
Women psychologists


Birth 1901-10-08

Death 2002-03-07



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