Dr. Joseph Allen is the Director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.
Dr. Allen is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he worked in consulting where he led teams of scientists and engineers investigating, and resolving, hundreds of indoor environmental quality issues, from ‘sick buildings’ to cancer clusters to all types of chemical/radiological/biological hazards. Since joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Allen has extended this line of research by flipping the question; instead of asking how do we fix problems after they occur, his research team is asking – “how do we optimize indoor environments for health, well-being and productivity?” This effort is highlighted by their recent work on “the CogFx Study”, where his team researches the impact of green buildings on cognitive function. More information on his “Healthy Building” research program can be found at www.ForHealth.org.