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Doris Twitchell Allen

Born October 8, 1901(1901-10-08)
Old Town, Maine
Died March 7, 2002 (aged 100)
Virginia, United States
Residence United States, Germany
Citizenship United States
Fields Psychology
Institutions University of Maine, Longview State Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio), University of Cincinnati
Alma mater University of Maine (AB 1923, MA 1926)
University of Michigan (PhD)
Known for Psychodrama, Children's International Summer Villages
Notable awards Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
For the California political figure, see Doris Allen (politician).

Doris Twitchell Allen (October 8, 1901 – March 7, 2002)[1] was a noted psychologist and the founder of Children's International Summer Villages. She specialized in development and psychodrama. Her career as a psychologist began as Director of the Field Laboratory at the Child Education Foundation in New York City (1932 - 1935). Moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, she founded and was the initial Director of Psychological Services at Children's Hospital and the Children's Convalescent Home (1936 - 1938). From 1962 until her retirement, she was Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and Professor of Psychology (Psychodrama) at the University of Maine. She developed the Twitchell-Allen Three-dimensional Personality Test for use in CISV research and clinical practice to portray personality dynamics, irrespective of age or culture.

She was married to Erastus S. Allen, a lawyer for Proctor and Gamble. Doris Allen had received four honorary doctorates for her international peace work in CISV and as a child psychologist. Her success in international exchange was recognized in 1956 when she was appointed a Member of the White House Conference of 100, which organized an international people-to-people programme.

The Doris Twitchell Allen Village (DTAV) student accommodation blocks at the University of Maine were named after her.


  1. ^ "Doris Twitchell Allen, PhD". Children's International Summer Villages. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  


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