Dr. Allison's research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions to improve adolescent-centeredness of sexual and reproductive health care in primary care settings. Overarching themes in Dr. Allison's writings include provider biases in contraceptive counseling and care, increased LARC initiation and continuation for marginalized populations, delineation of how adolescents build trust with providers in primary care, and adolescents' awareness of the evolving abortion landscape. Dr. Allison serves as an active member of Youth Reproductive Equity, on the North Carolina Pharmacy-Initiated Contraception advisory board, and as a reviewer for multiple high impact peer-reviewed journals.
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Found that a nationwide sample of adolescents were aware of and had concerns about the potential impact of legal changes on young people, highlighting the importance of centering adolescents’ abortion policy and practice.
Analyzed which online resources adolescents and young adults (AYA) would access for abortion information in the post-Roe era. Highlights the information-seeking behaviors and needs of AYA with varied sexual health risk-factors.
Found that among individuals seeking long-acting reversible contraceptives from clinics in a single health system in North Carolina, most received a device at a single visit and most single-visit insertions were done by an obstetrician-gynecologist.
Found that adolescent privacy in health care can contribute to positive youth development, though telehealth visits have created complexity in how privacy is organized for adolescents. Parental presence both contributed to and detracted from adolescent emotional safety.
Systematic review that evaluated a range of contraceptive decision aid formats for adolescents and young adults. Found that decision aids appear to be effective at increasing contraceptive knowledge temporarily, but their effect on other contraceptive outcomes is unclear.