Faculty Information

Kenneth L. Allen, DDS, MBA

Vice Chair and Clinical Professor
Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care
345 East 24th Street, Room 313S, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-998-9426
Fax: 212-995-4889
E-mail: kenneth.allen@nyu.edu


MBA, Rutgers University 2001
DDS, New York University 1973
BS, University of Pittsburgh 1969

Research Interests/Professional Overview

Dr. Kenneth Allen has been Principal and Co-Investigator in both clinical and educational research projects. His areas of interest include education and teaching methodologies.

As a member of the College's Senior Academic Leadership Team (SALT), Dr. Allen oversees the Course Directors for multiple courses, including Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Diseases and Practice Management I, II and III. He has lectured nationally and internationally, is author of multiple articles on preclinical education and teaching methodologies, and was instrumental in instituting the Selective in Teaching Skills program, where third year students assist first year students in their early preclinical courses.

Dr. Allen is a member of numerous dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the American Association for Dental Research, and the American Dental Education Association.

Current Funding

Industry funding, not for immediate disclosure.

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

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Allen K, More F. Clinical Simulation & Foundation Skills: An Integrated Multi-Disciplined Approach to Teaching. J Dent Educ 2004;68(4):468-74.

Allen K, Agosta C, Estafan D. Using Microabrasive Material to Remove Fluorosis Stain. J Am Dent Assoc 2004;135:319-23.

Allen K, Schenkel A, Estafan D. An Overview of the Cerec 3D CAD/CAM System. Gen Dent 2004;52(3):234-35.

Allen K, Salgado T, Janal M, Thompson V. Clinical Comparison of a Polymer Instrument for Carious Dentin Removal without Local Anesthesia to a Conventional Technique with Local Anesthesia. J Am Dent Assoc 2005;136:643-51.

Allen K, Galvis D, Katz R. Evaluation of CDs and Chewing Gum in Teaching Dental Anatomy. NY State Dent J 2006;72:30-33.

Allen K, Gabriel D. Peer Teaching - Easing the Faculty Shortage. J of Faculty Development 2007;21(1):55-60.

Wolff M, Allen K, Kaim J. A 100-Year Journey from GV Black to Minimal Surgical Intervention. Compendium of Cont Dent Ed 2007;28(3):130-34.

Allen K, Norman R, Katz R. The Effect of Chewing Gum on Learning as Measured by Test Performance. Nutrition Bulletin 2008;33(2):102-107.

Allen K, Katz R. Comparative Use of Pod-Casts vs. Written Lecture Transcripts as Learning Aids. J Dent Educ 2011;75(6):817-22.

Sullivan R, Rege A, Corby P, Klaczany G, Allen K, Hershkowitz D, Godder B, Wolff M. Evaluation of a Dentafrice containing 8% Arginine, Calcium Carbonate, and Sodium Monofluorophosphate to Repair Acid-Softened Enamel Using an Intra-Oral Remineralization Model, J Clin Dent 2015;25(1 Spec No A):A14-19.

Sullivan R, Rege A, Corby P, Klaczany G, Allen K, Hershkowitz D, Godder B, Wolff M. Evaluation of a Dentafrice containing 8% Arginine, Calcium Carbonate, and Sodium Monofluorophosphate to Prevent Enamel Loss after Erosive Challanges Using an Intra-Oral Remineralization Model, J Clin Dent 2015;25(1 Spec No A):A7-14.

Gopinathan, Manju; Allen, Kenneth; Spivakovsky, Silvia; Wolff, Mark. 'A new learning paradigm for assessing diagnosis of oral pain at New York University College of Dentistry (2014-2015)' IN: Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase [New York NY: NYU College of Dentistry. NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators], 2014 p.42-42.

Haber J, Hartnett E, Allen, K, Hallas D, Dorsen C, Lange-Kessler J, Lloyd M, Thomas E, Wholihan D. Putting the Mouth Back in the Head: HEENT to HEENOT, Am J Public Health, 2015;105(3):437-441.

Fontana M, Guzman-Armstrong S, Schenkel AB, Allen KL, Featherstone J, Goolsby S, Kanjirath P, Kolker J, Martignon S, Pitts N, Schulte A, Slayton RL, Young D, Wolff M. Development of a Core Curriculum Framework in Cariology for U.S. Dental Schools. J Dent Educ 2016; 80(6):705-720.

Haber J, Hartnett E, Allen K, Crowe R, Adams J, Bella A, Riles T, Vasilyeva A. The Impact of Oral-Systemic Health on Advancing Interprofessional Education Outcomes. J Dent Educ 2017; 81:140-148.

Cui Y, Wise AF, Allen KL. Developing reflection analytics for health professions education: A Multi-Dimensional Framework to Align Critical Concepts with Data Features. Computers in human behavior. 2019 (# 3857152).

Haber J, Hartnett E, Cipollina J, Allen K, Crowe R, Roitman J, Feldman L, Fletcher J, Ng G. Attaining interprofessional competencies by connecting oral health to overall health. J Dent Educ. 2020 Nov 23. doi: 10.1002/jdd.12490. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33230834.

Brandolin BA, Watson CA, Resnick SJ, Allen KL, Ritter AV. The inconspicuous nature of COVID-19 and its impact to dentistry. Semin Orthod. 2020 Dec;26(4):176-182. doi: 10.1053/j.sodo.2020.11.002. Epub 2020 Nov 13. PMID: 33223797; PMCID: PMC7664472.

Jung Y, Wise AF, Allen KL. Using theory-informed data science methods to trace the quality of dental student reflections over time. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2021 Sep 2. doi: 10.1007/s10459-021-10067-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34476651.

Book Chapters

Allen K. Stewart’s Clinical Removable Partial Prosthodontics (Book Review). NY State Dent J 2003;69(6):56.


Allen K, Penugonda B, Gergan A, Chi H, Hittelman E. Comparative Evaluation of Two Different Curing Systems on Micro-hardness of Two Packable Composites. J Dent Res 2003:82(Special Issue),Abstract#0277.

Allen K, Peltz I, Rohanizadeh R, Prensky J. Repairability of Amalgam Resorations: an SEM Study. J Dent Res 2003:82(Special Issue),Abstract#1320.

Allen K, McAndrew M. Composite Resin, Integrating Dental Anatomy and Biomaterials. J Dent Educ 2003;67:187-88.

Glotzer D, Allen K. Teaching Cariology in the Preclinical Laboratory Using the Polymer Bur and Carious Typodont Teeth. J Dent Educ 2004;68:223-24.

Allen K, Galvis D, Katz R. Evaluation of CDs and Chewing Gum in Teaching Dental Anatomy. J Dent Res 2004;83(Special Issue A),Abstract#1399.

Allen K, Katz R. New Concepts in Teaching Dental Anatomy: A Delphi Survey. J Dent Res 2005;84(Special Issue A),Abstract#0178.

Allen K, Peltz I, Blades WN, Beresnoy I. Measuring Predoctoral Clinical Productivity: Are There Academic Predictors? J Dent Res 2006;85(Special Issue A),Abstract#0831.

Eisenberg E, Allen K. PDA's in Didactic and Preclinical Education - Student Access to Information. J Dent Res 2006;85(Special Issue A),Abstract#0995. (ADEA/AADR).

Allen K, Kaim J, Schenkel A, Bucklan B, Godder B, Wolff M. Using the Simulation Laboratory for Clinical Faculty Standardization. J Dent Educ 2007;71(1):133.

Phen R, Allen K, Katz R. Positive Affect-Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS): Influence on Exam Scores. J Dent Res 2007;86(Special Issue A),Abstract#1688.

Levy A, Allen K. Color Deficiency Among Dental Students. J Dent Educ 2009;73(2):254.

Allen K, Wolff M, Glotzer D, Kaim J. Preparedness in the Pre-Clinical Laboratory: The Need for Improvement. J Dent Educ 2009;73(2):263.

Kaim J, Wolff M, Allen K, Glotzer D. Reducing the Failure Rate on Licensing Examinations by Improving Faculty Performance. J Dent Educ 2009;73(2):250.

Glotzer D, Kaim J, Wolff M, Allen K. Case Based Teaching in the Simulation Laboratory. J Dent Educ 2009;73(2):247-258.

Allen K, Katz R. Podcasts vs. Transcripts: A Comparison of Learning Methodologies. J Dent Educ 2010;74(2):156-157.

Akhtar A, Duong J, Allen K, Wolff M. The Accuracy of Electronic Billing Data When Compared to a Written Patient Record. J Dent Educ 2010;74(2):176.

Allen K, Wolff M. The Effect of Computer Literacy on Academic Performance. J Dent Res 2010;89(Spec Iss B);abstract number, 4171.

Hershkowitz D, Montalbano M, Kaim J, Allen K. Private Practice Dentist to Dental Educator: A Transformation. J Dent Educ. 2011;75(2):266-271.

Kaim J, Allen K, Lomangino-Cheung J, Wolff M. Repetition: The Cornerstone to Preclinical Competence. J Dent Educ. 2011;75(2):190-256.

Allen K, Kaim J, Hershkowitz D, Wolff M. Evaluating Student Knowledge and Communication Skill Using an Oral Examination. J Dent Educ. 2012;76(2):252.

Godder B, Allen K. The Effect of Dedicated Competency Examinations on Licensing Examination Pass Rates: A Two Year Comparison. J Dent Educ. 2013;77:244-246.

Hershkowitz D, Allen K, Godder B, Estafan. Using CAD/CAM Technology to Evaluate Preparations in the Clinic. J Dent Educ. 2013;77:256.

Adams J, Allen KL, Haber J, Hartnett E, Riles TS, Bella A, Crowe R. 'Preparing the next generation: Building an interprofessional oral health workforce'. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016 31(2):S357-S357 (#2150742) [Meeting Abstract]

Langer SH, Allen KL. 'Review of Dental Students' Compliance with Caries Risk Assessment Protocols'. J Dent Educ. 2018 82(2):167 (# 2934042) [Meeting Abstracts]

Rodriguez-Cardenas MP, Estafan D, Allen KL, Wolff MS. 'Benefits of Peer Assessment in Dental Education and Professional Practice'. J Dent Educ. 2018 82(2):181 (# 2934142) [Meeting Abstracts]