Dr. Robert Allan, PhD is an internationally recognized pioneer in cardiac psychology. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in cardiac psychology, stress/anger management, and pain medicine. He has treated hundreds of cardiac patients with individual psychotherapy and conducted more than 3,000 cardiac support groups. Dr. Allan established the first stress reduction-support group for cardiac patients in the New York Metropolitan area at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (now Weill Cornell Medicine). He and his team have provided Preventing Heart Disease classes on the step-down coronary care unit to over 15,000 patients and their family members.
Dr. Robert Allan authored Getting Control of Your Anger and Heart, and co-authored Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology published by the American Psychological Association.
He has also written many medical and psychology journal articles. In Getting Control of Your Anger, Dr. Allan provides constructive ways for individuals with inherited destructive anger patterns to break the cycle of intergenerational anger. His book Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology provides research linking psychosocial factors with heart disease – he and cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Scheidt, coined the term “cardiac psychology” in the 1996 release. The book is now in its second edition.
Through his work studying the heart and its relationship with mental health, he has helped countless individuals better understand and manage their cardiac health. He led the first stress reduction program at the US Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Allan is a well-traveled lecturer who has shared his expertise extensively throughout the United States and in Austria, Canada, China, Greece, Israel, and Italy.
Additionally, he is a Juilliard-trained pianist and composer. He has recorded his original, contemporary music with esteemed musicians such as Ron Carter and Tim Fain. He also created a music video called “Homage to Vermeer”. Unfortunately, Dr. Allan’s scheduled performance at Carnegie Recital Hall in July 2020 was canceled due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.