Polly Gipson, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor


Dr. Polly Y. Gipson is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Section at Michigan Medicine. She serves as the director of the Trauma and Grief Clinic and director of the Frankel Psychotherapy Program in Primary Care. She is a member of the Youth and Young Adult Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program. Her expertise is in evidence-based clinical practices; suicide risk assessment and intervention; universal screening and brief interventions; trauma- and bereavement-informed assessment and intervention; and community-based participatory research. Presently, she is a co-investigator on a NIH funded study focused on the warning signs of youth suicide attempters. She is a site principal investigator of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded investigation focused on the development of bereavement-informed best practices for youth. Dr. Gipson’s activities will continue to focus on community-based prevention and intervention strategies for underserved youth at elevated risk for suicide, trauma and grief exposure and other adverse psychological outcomes. 

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