Polly Y. Gipson Allen, 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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