University of Michigan Medical School
Dr. Polly Y. Gipson, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Section, at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School. She serves as the Director of the Trauma and Grief Clinic and Director of the Frankel Psychotherapy Program in Primary Care. Dr. Gipson is a member of the Youth and Young Adult Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program. Her expertise is in 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.
Presently, she serves as the principal investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars award focused on tackling the wicked problem of child traumatic stress, Promoting Resilience and Outreach through Multi-tiered Interventions and Supportive Environments (PROMISE) for Success: A Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Community Intervention. Also as a RWJF Clinical Scholar Fellow, there is an investment in her development as a Culture of Health leader.
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.
Dr. Gipson’s activities will continue to focus on community-based prevention and intervention strategies for underserved youth at elevated risk for trauma and grief exposure, suicide and other adverse psychological outcomes.