Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allen

PhD, BCC Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, Director of Graduate Program 919-515-9139 Website

Areas of Expertise

  • Family life coaching
  • Parenting
  • Relationship education
  • Reaching underserved audiences
  • Youth development
  • Teaching with technology


Kimberly Allen, PhD, BCC is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University where she teaches and directs the Family Life and Youth Development Program. Dr. Allen leads the Very Important Parent program, a national parenting program for young parents that includes online delivery and parent coaching.  Dr. Allen has over 20 years experience working with youth and their families and has lead numerous research projects focusing on curriculum development for underserved audiences. Most recently, Dr. Allen published the book Theories, Research, and Practical Guidelines for Family Life Coaching from Springer Press and is a Board Certified Coach Specializing in Family Life Issues. You can learn more about Dr. Allen by listening to her podcast, Parenting in the Future, or reading her blogs on

Programs and Initiatives

  • 4-H Very Important Parent Program (link)
  • Families and Children in Transition Program (link)
  • Healthy Relationship & Marriage Education Training (link)
  • Connecting for Families curriculum (link)
  • Family Life Coaching
  • Bullying Prevention

Selected Publications

  • Allen, K., Jolly, C., Barnes, J. (in press). Using social media to engage and educate teen parents. Journal Of Extension.
  • Allen, K., & Mitchell, S. (2015). Perceptions of parental intimate relationships and their effects on the experience of romantic relationship development among African American emerging adults. Marriage & Family Review 51(6). DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2015.1038409 (link)
  • Rea, J., Behnke, A., Allen, K., & Huff, N. (2015). The role of online communication in the lives of military spouses. Contemporary Family Therapy, 37(2). DOI: 10.1007/s10591-015-9346-6 (link)
  • Allen, K. (2014). Addressing the issue: Bullying and LGBTQ Youth. Journal of Youth Development. 9(3), 40-46. (link)
  • Allen, K., & Huff, N. (2014). Family coaching: An emerging family science field. Family Relations, 63(5), 569-582. doi: 10.1111/fare.12087 (link)
  • Allen, K., Huff, N., Kelly, J., Bearon, L., & Behnke, A. (2014). Reaching families through Social media: Training Extension educators to implement technology in their work. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. (link)
  • Allen, K. El-Beshti, R., & Guin, A. (2014). An Adlerian integrative approach to creating a teen parenting program. Journal of Individual Psychology. 70(1), 7-20.
  • Allen, K. & Nelson, D. (2013) Integrating social media in an on-line Family Life and Youth Development graduate course: A case study. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. (link)
  • Allen, K. (2013). Coaching: An approach to Extension Education. Journal of Extension. (link)
  • Allen, K, (2013). A framework for family life coaching. International Coaching Psychology Review. 7(1) (link)
  • Schramm, D., Futris, T., Galovan, A. & Allen, K. (2013). Is relationship and marriage education relevant and appropriate to child welfare? Children and Youth Services Review. 35(3), 429-438.
  • Allen, K., Lewis, C. & Roper, R. (2012). Bully prevention: Implications for youth professionals. Journal of Youth Development. 7(3), 67-78 (link)

Contributing Websites

Contact Information

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
NC State University
512 Brickhaven Drive 230F
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606