Allen Doederlein, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs, is proud and grateful to stand for the four million people DBSA serves, and all people who are affected by depression and bipolar disorder. Over ten years at DBSA, Allen’s worked passionately to transform their challenges, concerns, and contributions into meaningful change in their experiences, treatment, and representation in the media.
Allen connects DBSA to both its key stakeholders and the public. DBSA’s ongoing programming includes 700 regular, free, in-person peer support group meetings offered by DBSA’s national network of 250 chapters; online support groups and the virtual Balanced Mind Parent Network; print, online, and social media resources and campaigns; research projects and publications; and educational tools and resources for adults, transition-age youth, family members, elected officials, and communities. Allen also demonstrates DBSA’s deep commitment to expanding and improving the peer specialist workforce, reflected by the online Peer Leadership Center and thousands of people—including hundreds of Veterans—that DBSA’s trained as peer specialists.
Energetic, collaborative, and consensus-building, Allen consistently builds bridges among clinical, research, media, and advocacy communities. He’s co-principal investigator (with Dr. Andrew Nierenberg of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital) of the MoodNetwork, a project of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Allen also presents frequently and has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles.
Allen encourages affected individuals, families, researchers, and clinicians to recognize total wellness as treatment’s end goal instead of mitigation of this week’s, this month’s, or this year’s symptoms. This galvanized DBSA’s emphasis on total, person-centered wellness and whole health, in support of which DBSA expanded and developed wellness tools, such as the award-winning Wellness Tracker, that target and provide support for truly whole health—mental, physical, emotional, interpersonal, practical, social, and spiritual.