Dr. Sharon Allen is a Professor of Family Medicine in the University of Minnesota Medical School. She currently is doing research in smoking cessation and women, teaches in the medical school and sees patients in the Primary Care Clinic and University Specialists in Women's Health Clinic where she focuses on osteoporosis.
She received her PhD from Penn State University and then went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical School in neuroendocrine research. During this time, she developed an interest in medicine and eventually attended the University of Rochester Medical School and was subsequently trained in Family Medicine. Over the last 20 years, she has been doing clinical research in this area with a specific focus on effects of hormones on smoking cessation and relapse. She was awarded an R01 from NIDA in 1991 and has had continued renewal of this grant for more than 20 years. The focus of this study has been the effect of menstrual cycle in smoking cessation in women, specifically looking at sex hormones. Most recently, she has been investigating smoking behavior in women on exogenous hormones and during pregnancy, the effect of exogenous hormones on smoking cessation outcomes in men and women, and exercise as a smoking cessation intervention in postmenopausal women.