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Jane Allgood - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jane Allgood Jane Allgood

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Dr. Allgood is an expert in substance abuse and the impact of family violence on primary and secondary victims.


Dr. Allgood joined the faculty in 2010 and is in the Children, Youth and Families Department. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Missouri State University, where she also served as coordinator for the undergraduate social work program, and prior to that, an assistant professor and interim MSW program coordinator at the University of Central Florida.

Before entering academia, Allgood was a health policy analyst in the Medicaid Managed Care Program for the state of Florida. She also served as an executive director for a residential and outpatient treatment facility for chemically dependent women and as a clinician for detoxification, crisis stabilization and inpatient psychiatric units. In addition, Allgood was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Justice and Chief of Research for the Federal Correctional Institutions in Tallahassee, Fla. and Butner, N.C.

Much of her research has centered on substance abuse across the lifespan, as well as consequences of substance abuse, such as family violence and commission of crimes. An area of special interest is the impact of family violence on primary and secondary victims. Allgood has published in the areas of imprisonment, substance abuse and secondary trauma. She serves as a reviewer for Journal of Social Services Research.

Education (4)

Florida State University: PhD 2003

Florida State University: MSW 1998

North Carolina State University: MPA 1979

College of Charleston: BA 1977

Areas of Expertise (3)

Social Work

Substance Abuse

Family Violence

Industry Expertise (2)



Affiliations (1)

  • Journal of Social Services Research (Reviewer)


Research Articles & Publications (1)

Adolescent pregnancy prevention: Choosing an effective program that fits

Children and Youth Services Review

Mary Beth Harris and Jane Allgood

2009 Adolescent pregnancy prevention remains a high priority issue for communities, schools, and service agencies that work with adolescents. Since the early 1990s the United States has provided funding for pregnancy prevention programs with an emphasis on abstinence only education programs. Also during this time, prevention programs with youth development and service learning foundations have been developed and empirically studied. Current programs found to be effective through rigorous evaluation and that are included in best-practice lists by five research and advocacy groups are identified in the article. As well, strategies are discussed for program planning and implementation, and for strengthening goodness-of-fit between the program and the local community.

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