Isabel E Allen

Professor Emeritus

Academic Division: Math & Science
781-239-1111

Bio

Dr. Allen gives workshops and teaches courses in multivariate statistics, analytics & data visualization, and evidence synthesis. Her doctorate in statistics is from Cornell University and she is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. At Babson College she has received the Women Who Make a Difference Award and the Faculty Award for Outstanding Research. She is statistical director of the Sloan Survey on Online Education, now in its twefth year and co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group (www.onlinelearningsurvey.com). Dr. Allen and her co-director, Dr. Jeff Seaman received the Sloan Foundation Board of Directors Award in 2013 “For accurate, exemplary survey methodology and impartial evaluation of the growth and general status of online education." She has published widely on statistical issues in meta-analysis, analytics & data mining, quality methodology, survey research methods, and clinical research methodology. She continues to consult in the entrepreneurship, finance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and sports industries and has served on several NIH panels on best practices in statistics and evidence-based research. Prior to joining Babson, she held executive positions in the healthcare and biotechnology industry, including at Centocor, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals and MetaWorks, Inc. She also held faculty appointments at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and at Rutgers University. Her entrepreneurial activities include starting StatSystems, a medical device company; ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, a publicly held biotechnology company; MetaWorks, an evidence synthesis company, and Quahog Research Group, a high tech consulting firm. She is currently Professor of Biostatistics & Epidemiology at UCSF and mentor for its start-up incubator, QB3 (http://www.qb3.org/).

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Cornell University
  • MA, University of Evansville
  • BA, Skidmore College

Academic Interests

Data Mining; Statistical Methodology; Applied Statistics; Biometrics

Awards & Honors

  • 2008 - Best Paper Award, European Distance and E-Learning Networks (EDEN)
  • 2004 - Fellow, American Statistical Association
  • 2004 - Gold Medal, National Association of Real Estate Journalism for Best Bang for your Buck
  • 2003 - General Excellence Award, City and Regional Journalism Association for Boston’s Healthiest Towns
  • 2003 - Silver Medal, National Association of Real Estate Journalism for Boston’s Healthiest Towns

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Langowitz, N.S., Allen, I., Godwyn, M.E. (2013). Early-Career Outcomes and Gender: Can Educational Interventions Make a Difference? Gender in Management: An International Journal, 28(2), 111-134. link
  • Noyes, E.A., Allen, I., Parise, S.A. (2012). Innovation and entrepreneurial behaviour in the Popular Music industry. Creative Industries Journal, 5(1-2), 139-150. link
  • Parise, S.A., Noyes, E.A., Allen, I. (2010). Artistic Influneces and Innovation in the Popular Music Industry. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 30(15)
  • Langowitz, N.S., Allen, I. (2010). Small Business Leadership: Does Being the Founder Matter? Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 23(1)
  • Brush, C.S., Allen, I., Neck, H.M. (2009). The Landscape of Social Entrepreneurship. Business Horizons, 52(1), 13-19.
  • Allen, I., Anderson, D.Q., Reeves, O., Loiacono, J. (in press). An Examination of Valuation Models for Biotechnology Companies. International Journal of Techno-Entrepreneurship
  • Allen, I., Ross, S.D., Probst, C., Sercus, B., Crean, S., Ranganathan, G. (in press). Efficacy and safety of erythropoiesis-stimulating proteins in myelodysplastic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The Oncologist
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (in press). Match Game: Propensity scoring can help infer patient response in the real world. Quality Progress(February)
  • Allen, I., L’Italien, G.J., Pugner, K.M., Mukherjee, J., Carson, W., Newcomer, J., Toumari, V., Nalysnyk, L. (in press). The Effect of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs on Diabetes Incidence in Schizophrenia: A Meta-analysis. American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (2007). Analyzing Survey Data: Can Likert scales be used as interval measures? Quality Progress(July)
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J.R. (2007). Changing the Landscape: more institutions pursue online offerings. On the Horizon, 15(3), 130-138.
  • Allen, I., Kirill , K., Recck, G.R. (2007). Drafting the Perfect Fantasy Baseball Team. Quality Progress(April)
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (2007). Superiority, Equivalence, & Non-inferiority Testing. Quality Progress(February)
  • Allen, I., Nayak, S., Olkin, I., Liu, H., Grabe, M., Gould, M.K., Owens, D.K., Bravada, D. (2006). Accuracy of Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound for Identifying Patients Meeting the World Health Organization’s Diagnostic Criteria for Osteoporosis: A Systematic Review. Annals of Internal Medicine(144), 832-841.
  • Allen, I., Ross, S.D., Seaman, C.A., Cercus, B. (2006). Clinical benefits and risks with epoetin and darbepoetin in patients with chemotherapy-induced anemia: a systematic review of the literature. Clinical Therapeutics, 21(3)
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (2006). Data Mining for Quality: Using data mining techniques to identify non-randomness in healthcare data. Quality Progress(February)
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (2006). Not all Statistically Significant Differences are Alike: Incorporating Equivalence into the Analysis. Quality Progress(July)
  • Allen, I., Shin, S., Chow, C., Levy, R., Leff, H.S. (2005). A Meta-Analytic Review Racial-Ethnic Matching for African American and Caucasian American Clients and Clinicians. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(1), 45-56.
  • Allen, I., Rothbard, A., McFarland, B., Morrisey, J., Wylie, A.M., Shern, D., Boothroyd, R.A., Stoup, T.S., Leff , H.S., Weiman, D. (2005). Assessment of Medicaid Managed Care Behavioral Health for Persons with Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 56(10), 1245-1254.
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (2005). Cumulative Meta-Analysis as a Statistical Process Tool. Quality Progress(April)
  • Allen, I., Sharpe, N.R. (2005). Demonstration of Ranking Issues for Students: A Case Study. Journal of Statistics Education, 13
  • Allen, I., Sharpe, N.R. (2005). Examining the effect of size in analyzing ranking data: are per capita measures enough? Journal of Statistics in Education, 13(3)
  • Allen, I., Leff, H.S., Cook, J., Gold, P., Toprac, M., Blyler, C., Goldberg, R., McFarlane, W., Shafer, M., Raab, B., Camacho-Goncalves, T. (2005). Inside Employment Interventions: Effects of Job Development and Job Support on Competitive Employment of Persons with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 56(10), 1237-1245.
  • Allen, I., Leff, H.S., McPartland, J.C., Banks, S., Dembling, D., Fisher, W. (2004). Service quality as measured by service fit and mortality among public mental health service recipients. Mental Health Services Research, 6(2), 93-107.
  • Allen, I. (2004). Statistically Speaking to the Media. AmStat News(327, September)

Articles

  • Allen, I., Marcus, J., Seaman, C. (2005, ) Best Elementary Schools in Boston. Boston Magazine
  • Allen, I., Haas, T., Seaman, C. (2005, ) Best Public and Private Secondary Schools in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Magazine
  • Allen, I., Dedman, B. (2005, ) Fire Department Response Time and Staffing. Boston Globe. link
  • Allen, I., Ozment, K. (2004, ) Best Public and Private Schools in Boston. Boston Magazine
  • Allen, I., Blanding, M. (2004, ) Biggest Bang for Your Buck. Boston Magazine
  • Allen, I., Blanding , M., Sharpe, N.R. (2003, ) Boston’s Healthiest Towns. Boston Magazine

Book Chapters

  • Noyes, E.A., Parise, S.A., Allen, I. (2011). Music to Our Ears: New Market Creation and Creative Influences in the Popular Music Industry. In Colette Henry and Anne de Bruin (Ed.), Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
  • Allen, I. (in press). Gender and Entrepreneurial Behavior. In Maria Minitti (Ed.), Entrepreneurial Behavior as a Human Universal.
  • Allen, I. (in press). Blended Education in the United States, 2003 – 2006. In Anthony G. Picciano (Ed.), Blended Learning: Research Perspectives. NY, NY: Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I. (in press). Data Mining in Reliability and Quality. Wiley Encyclopedia of Statistics in Quality and ReliabilityNY, NY: John Wiley & Sons

Book Reviews

  • Allen, I. (2008). Batchin’ CDRom. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2008). Reliability, Life Testing and Prediction of Service Lives. Springer Series in Statistics, Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2008). The Desk Reference of Statistical Quality Methods. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2007). Beyond the Balanced Scorecard. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2007). Introduction to Statistical Engineering. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2007). Wake Me Up When the Data is Over. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2006). Design and Analysis of Gauge R&R Studies. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2006). iGrafx: Solutions for Process Excellence. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2006). Safe and Sound Software. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2006). Statistics for Experimenters. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2005). Applied Data Analysis For Process Improvement. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2005). Enterprise Process Mapping. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2005). Nan’s Arsonist: A Six Sigma Mystery. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2005). The Metrology Handbook. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2004). Building High Potential Ventures: Entrepreneurship in Knowledge Intensive Industries. Financial Times
  • Allen, I. (2004). Differential Equations:Linear, Nonlinear, Ordinary, Partial. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2004). Statistics for Research. Quality Progress
  • Allen, I. (2004). StatTools: an Excel add-in for statistical analysis. Quality Progress

Reports

  • Brush, C.S., Elam, A., Allen, I. (in press). 2008 Babson Entrepreneurship Monitor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Entrepreneurial Index. Babson College
  • Allen, I., Minitti, M., Langowitz, N.S. (2008). The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2007 Report on Women and Entrepreneurship. Babson College and the London School of Business
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2007). Blending In: Blended Education in the United States, 2003 – 2006. Sloan Foundation & Eduventures, Inc.
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2007). Making the Grade: The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the Southern Regional Conference, 2003 – 2006. Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2007). Online Nation: A Five-year Profile of Online Education in the Southern Regional Conference, 2003 – 2006. Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I., Minitti , M., Langowitz, N.S. (2007). The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2006 Report on Women and Entrepreneurship. Babson College and the London School of Business link
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2006). Growing by Degrees: The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the Southern Regional Conference, 2003 –2005. SREB
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2006). Making the Grade: The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the United States, 2003 – 2006. Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I., Bulvaag, E., Acs, Z. (2006). The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2005 Report on Entrepreneurship in the United States. Babson College and the London School of Business
  • Allen, I., Minitti, M., Langowitz, N.S. (2006). The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2005 Report on Women and Entrepreneurship. Babson College and the London School of Business link
  • Allen, I., Langowitz, N.S. (2006). The Top Woman-Led Businesses in Massachusetts: 2005 Results. Center for Women’s Leadership @ Babson College and the Commonwealth Institute
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2005). Growing by Degrees: The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the United States, 2003 – 2005. Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I., Langowitz, N.S., Spinelli, S. (2005). The Importance of Small Business in Massachusetts
  • Allen, I., Langowitz, N.S. (2005). The Top Woman-Led Businesses in Massachusetts: 2004 Results. Center for Women’s Leadership @ Babson College and the Commonwealth Institute
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2004). Entering the Mainstream: The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the United States, 2003 and 2004. Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I., Seaman, J. (2003). Sizing the Opportunity: Who’s Learning Online in 2003. Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I., Astrachan, J., Spinelli, S., Wittmeyer, C. (2003). The American Family Business Survey. Raymond Institute and MassMutual link
  • Allen, I., Langowitz, N.S. (2003). Women in Family-Owned Businesses. Center for Women’s Leadership at Babson College, Raymond Institute and MassMutual link

Others

  • Noyes, E.A., Allen, I., Parise, S.A. (2012). The Muse of the Grammys: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Popular Music Industry : Berklee College of Music
  • Noyes, E.A., Åmo, B.W., Allen, I. (2010). Entrepreneurship and Conditions for Entrepreneurs: Norway and the USA Compared: Edward Elgar
  • Allen, I. (in press). Gender and Entrepreneurial Behavior
  • Allen, I., Anderson, D.Q., Reeves, O., Loiacono, J. (in press). An Examination of Valuation Models for Biotechnology Companies: InderScience
  • Allen, I., Ross, S.D., Probst, C., Sercus, B., Crean, S., Ranganathan, G. (in press). Efficacy and safety of erythropoiesis-stimulating proteins in myelodysplastic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Allen, I., Seaman, C.A. (in press). Match Game: Propensity scoring can help infer patient response in the real world: American Society for Quality
  • Allen, I., L’Italien, G.J., Pugner, K.M., Mukherjee, J., Carson, W., Newcomer, J., Toumari, V., Nalysnyk, L. (in press). The Effect of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs on Diabetes Incidence in Schizophrenia: A Meta-analysis
  • Brush, C.S., Elam, A., Allen, I. (in press). 2008 Babson Entrepreneurship Monitor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Entrepreneurial Index. Wellesley, MA: Babson College
  • Allen, I. (in press). Blended Education in the United States, 2003 – 2006. NY, NY: Sloan Foundation
  • Allen, I. (in press). Data Mining in Reliability and Quality. NY, NY: John Wiley & Sons

Presentations

  • Portfolios with Gaping Holes: Do They lead to Innovation in the Music Business?
    Noyes, E., Allen, I., Parise, S. Portfolios with Gaping Holes: Do They lead to Innovation in the Music Business? Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Syracuse, NY (2011)
  • New Industry Emergence and the Spawning of New Markets in the Popular Music Industry
    Noyes, E., Parise, S., Allen, I. New Industry Emergence and the Spawning of New Markets in the Popular Music Industry Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lasaunne, Switzerland (2010)
  • Music to Our Ears: New Industry Emergence and the Spawning of New Market Categories in the Popular Music Industry
    Noyes, E., Parise, S., Allen, I. Music to Our Ears: New Industry Emergence and the Spawning of New Market Categories in the Popular Music Industry Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK (2009)
  • Blended Learning and Online Education in the US
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Blended Learning and Online Education in the US NERCOMP Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2009)
  • Applications of Data Mining in Higher Education
    Allen, I. Applications of Data Mining in Higher Education SPSS Northeast Regional Conference, Boston, MA (2009)
  • Online Education in the US Today
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Online Education in the US Today AASCU National Academic Affairs Meeting, Savannah (2009)
  • Overview of the Proposed Changes to the GEM Survey
    Brush, C., Allen, I., Elam, D. Overview of the Proposed Changes to the GEM Survey Kauffman Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Data, Kansas City, KS (2008)
  • Exploring Social Entrepreneurship Activity in the United States: For Profit Venture Generating Social and Economic Value
    Brush, C., Allen, I., Neck, H. Exploring Social Entrepreneurship Activity in the United States: For Profit Venture Generating Social and Economic Value Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2008)
  • Online Education in the United States: 2002-2007
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Online Education in the United States: 2002-2007 Annual Conference of College and Military Educators, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • Small Business Leadership: A Comparison of Founder vs. Non-Founder CEOs
    Allen, I., Langowitz, N. Small Business Leadership: A Comparison of Founder vs. Non-Founder CEOs 2008 United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, San Antonio, TX (2008)
  • Small Business Leadership: A Comparison of Founders vs. Non-Founder CEOs
    Langowitz, N., Allen, I. Small Business Leadership: A Comparison of Founders vs. Non-Founder CEOs United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2008)
  • Results from the Sloan Survey of Online Education: 2006
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Results from the Sloan Survey of Online Education: 2006 International Conference on Asynchronous Learning, Orlando, FL (2007)
  • Women in Global Entrepreneurship: 2006
    Allen, I. Women in Global Entrepreneurship: 2006 International Women’s Day Conference, Wellesley, MA (2007)
  • Online Education in the United States: 2002-2005
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Online Education in the United States: 2002-2005 Annual Conference of College and Military Educators, Monterey, CA (2007)
  • Women in Global Entrepreneurship: 2005
    Allen, I. Women in Global Entrepreneurship: 2005 First Annual International GEM Forum, London, UK (2007)
  • Blended Learning in the US: 2002-2005
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Blended Learning in the US: 2002-2005 International Conference on Asynchronous Learning, Orlando, FL (2006)
  • Results from the Sloan Survey of Online Education: 2005
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Results from the Sloan Survey of Online Education: 2005 International Conference on Asynchronous Learning, Orlando, FL (2006)
  • Top 100 Women in Business in Massachusetts
    Allen, I., Langowitz, N. Top 100 Women in Business in Massachusetts New England Women Business Owners Meeting, Newton, MA (2006)
  • Women in Business in Massachusetts
    Allen, I., Langowitz, N. Women in Business in Massachusetts Society for Women Engineers Meeting, Boston, MA (2006)
  • Clinical benefits and risks associated with epoetin (alfa/beta) and darbepoetin alfa in patients with chemotherapy anemia-a systematic review of the literature
    Allen, I., Ross, S., Henry, D., Seaman, C., Sercus, B., Goodnough, L. Clinical benefits and risks associated with epoetin (alfa/beta) and darbepoetin alfa in patients with chemotherapy anemia-a systematic review of the literature Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association for Supported Care in Cancer, Honolulu, HI (2006)
  • Clinical benefits and risks associated with epoetin (alfa/beta) and darbepoetin alfa in patients with chemotherapy anemia-a systematic review of the literature
    Allen, I., Ross, S., , D., , , , , , Clinical benefits and risks associated with epoetin (alfa/beta) and darbepoetin alfa in patients with chemotherapy anemia-a systematic review of the literature Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association for Supported Care in Cancer, Honolulu, HI (2006)
  • Hierarchical Modeling Using Individual Patient Meta-Analysis
    Allen, I., Seaman , C., Olkin, I. Hierarchical Modeling Using Individual Patient Meta-Analysis New England Statistical Symposium, Worcester, MA (2006)
  • The Impact of Delays on Operating Room Throughput
    Allen, I., Gratz, I., Pukenas, E. The Impact of Delays on Operating Room Throughput Annual Meeting of the International Anesthesia Research Society, Orlando, FL (2006)
  • Improved Detection and Classification of Cervical Glandular Lesions by the ThinPrep Pap Test: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Allen, I., Linder, J., Sheets, E., Chenette, N., Estok, R., Cella, K., Nalysnyk, L. Improved Detection and Classification of Cervical Glandular Lesions by the ThinPrep Pap Test: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis American Society of Cytopathology Meeting, Philidelphia, PA (2005)
  • Meta-Analytic Evaluation of the Accuracy of Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound for Identifying Patients with Osteoporosis Review
    Allen, I., Nayak, S., Olkin, I., Liu, H., Grabe, M., Gould, M., Owens, D., Bravada, D. Meta-Analytic Evaluation of the Accuracy of Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound for Identifying Patients with Osteoporosis Review 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, San Francisco, CA (2005)
  • The Cost of Trauma Center Readiness
    Allen, I., Gratz, I. The Cost of Trauma Center Readiness Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Honolulu, HI (2005)
  • Revisiting the Effect of Population Size on Rankings: Are per Capita Measures Enough?
    Allen, I., Sharpe, N. Revisiting the Effect of Population Size on Rankings: Are per Capita Measures Enough? Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Atlantic City, NJ (2004)
  • Entering the Mainsteam: Online Education in the United States
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Entering the Mainsteam: Online Education in the United States Tenth Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL (2004)
  • The Impact of Trauma Center Readiness on the Daily Operating Room Schedule
    Allen, I., Gratz, I. The Impact of Trauma Center Readiness on the Daily Operating Room Schedule Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Honolulu, HI (2004)
  • The Reliability of BIS Monitor on Rapid Awakening and Response in Adults Having Outpatient Colonoscopy
    Allen, I., Deal, E., Gratz, I., Lesser, G., Swanson, E. The Reliability of BIS Monitor on Rapid Awakening and Response in Adults Having Outpatient Colonoscopy Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Honolulu, HI (2004)
  • Reverse the Curse: Using Decision Analysis, Data Mining and Regression to Analyze the Performance of the 2003 Red Sox
    Allen, I., Mercure, T., Campbell, J. Reverse the Curse: Using Decision Analysis, Data Mining and Regression to Analyze the Performance of the 2003 Red Sox Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, Toronto, Canada (2004)
  • Meta-Analysis in a Regulatory Environment
    Allen, I. Meta-Analysis in a Regulatory Environment Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Boston, MA (2004)
  • Sizing the Opportunity: Online Education in the United States
    Allen, I., Seaman, J. Sizing the Opportunity: Online Education in the United States Tenth Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL (2003)
  • Data Mining and Statistical Consulting in Genomics
    Allen, I. Data Mining and Statistical Consulting in Genomics Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, San Francisco, CA (2003)
  • On Beyond AP Statistics
    Allen, I. On Beyond AP Statistics Meeting of The New England Association of Private Schools, Wellesley, MA (2003)
  • Better Health Through Data Mining
    Allen, I. Better Health Through Data Mining Faculty Seminar, Needham, MA (2003)