Polly Gipson, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Faculty Director of Community Engagement, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research


Dr. Polly Y. Gipson is a Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Director of the Trauma and Grief Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry. She is the principal investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars award focused on the promotion of resilience and implementation of trauma-informed interventions in an urban Southeastern Michigan school/community. Dr. Gipson is also a co-investigator for a NIH funded study focused on the warning signs of youth suicide attempters. She is a site principal investigator for a SAMHSA funded investigation focused on the development of bereavement-informed best practices for youth. She is a member of the Youth and Young Adult Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in child and family evidence-based clinical practices; trauma- and bereavement-informed assessment and intervention; suicide risk assessment and intervention; universal screening; brief interventions; and community-based participatory research approaches. 

Areas of Interest

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide risk assessment/intervention
  • Trauma and grief
  • Community-based intervention development for underserved youth
  • Suicide risk assessment for children/adolescents


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Specialty, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Clinical Internship: Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Division of Behavioral Health, Wilmington, DE
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Specialty, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  • M.A., Applied Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • B.A., Psychology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

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