David B. Allison is the dean of the School of Public Health, Distinguished Professor and Provost Professor in the School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington. Allison received his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1990; his Master's in Clinical and School Psychology at Hofstra in 1987; and his Bachelor's in Psychology at Vassar College in 1985. Allison is former associate dean for Research and Science in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine.
In 2006, Allison received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the nation's highest award for mentoring, given to no more than 10 individuals nationally each year and selected through a peer-review process. In 2008, Nature listed Allison as one of the 22 scientists in the world with the most NIH grants. In 2012, he received a Transformative R01 grant from the NIH, a grant given to only 20 research groups in the country, to conduct seven interrelated experiments designed to test an integrated theory connecting adiposity, longevity, perceptions of energetic insecurity and disparities in social status.
Allison received the IU Bicentennial Medal in August 2019 in recognition of his distinguished service as Dean of IU Bloomington's School of Public Health.