Dr. Allen leads the Harris Allen Group, founded in 1997 to focus on performance improvement and strategy development for major stakeholder groups in health care. Clients have ranged from purchasers (e.g., employers; state agencies), providers (e.g., onsite clinics), and payers (e.g., health plans) to suppliers (e.g., pharmaceutical firms). He has held posts at Rand, Aetna, New England Medical Center and Coopers & Lybrand. He has also served in lecturer or scholar capacities at Yale, Brown, Thomas Jefferson, and Tufts Universities. He received his PhD from UCLA in Social Psychology in 1982, and has published and presented widely. He first-authored a paper that has been designated co-winner of the 2015 Kammer Merit in Authorship Award sponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


Recent Posts by Harris Allen

Beyond Wellness ROI Part II: The Case Study Of A Major Self-Funded Employer

In a recent post, we agreed with Goetzel et al. about the advisability of moving away from a preoccupation with the return-on-investment (ROI) of wellness programs and toward the more systemic, iterative view required to make progress toward workplace “cultures of health.” At the same time,...

Moving Beyond Wellness ROI Toward Employment-Based Cultures Of Health: Part I

With their recent post declaring that employment-based wellness initiatives “increase rather than decrease employer spending on health care with no net health benefit,” Al Lewis and coauthors are continuing to exert a clarifying presence in a field with a history of unsubstantiated claims and...