Social work

Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSWAssociate Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Online & Offsite Programs


Office Location: SH 208

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Allen E. Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Director of MSW Online Program; as well as Director of Minority Male Mentoring (M3) and Student Success Allies (SSA) program at California State University Northridge in the Department of Social Work. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist with the highest degree earned and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community-based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices within organizations through Cornell University, earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell.  In 2022, Dr. Lipscomb earned a certification in Executive Public Leadership within organizations at Harvard University in the Kennedy School of Executive Education.

Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth, and families of color. His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e., complex trauma, traumatic-grief, and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss, and complex-trauma experiences. His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically responsive inclusive practices with communities of color. Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national, and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote speaker. Dr. Lipscomb has numerous peer review journal articles that centers Black male grief experiences and has a published two books titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment; and BRuH Approach to Therapy (BAT) and Other Related Services to Promote Healing of Traumatic Grief Among African American Men and Youth: A Clinical Practice Guide and Workbook: Honoring-Based Practice Approach. 


  • Certificate, Harvard University Kennedy School, Executive Public Leadership
  • Certificate, Cornell University, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Certificate, University of Michigan, Mixed-Methods Community-Based Research
  • Psy.D., Ryokan College, Clinical Psychology
  • MSW, University of Southern California
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Psychology
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Black Studies
  • AA, Santa Monica College, Liberal Arts

Courses Taught

  • Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families
  • Psychosocial Assessing, Diagnosing and Evaluation
  • Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief
  • Research Methods for Social Work Knowledge and Practice
  • Advanced Skills in Program Evaluation and Research with Urban Families
  • Mental Health Recovery and Wellness
  • Graduate Research Project



Lipscomb, A.E. (2023). Bonding Recognition Understanding and Healing (BRuH) Approach: A Therapeutic Workbook for Black Boys. Kindle Direct Publishing.

Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). BRuH Approach to Therapy (BAT) and Other Related Services to Promote Healing of Traumatic Grief Among African American Men and Youth: A Clinical Practice Guide and Workbook. Kindle Direct Publishing.

Lipscomb, Allen. E. (2016). Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: One Man’s Mental Health Treatment. CreateSpace Publications. ISBN: 1533288119


Ashley, W. & Lipscomb, A.E. (under review).Strategies for Implementation of an Antiracist, Anti-oppressive, Intersectional Lens in EMDR Therapy with Black Clients. Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy. Second Edition. Springer Publisher. 

Ashley, W., Mountz, S., Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). The Therapist’s Notebook for Sexual and Gender Identity Diverse Clients: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Counseling, Training, and Psychotherapy. Chapter Titled: “A Toolkit for Collaborative Safety and Treatment Planning with Transgender Youth of Color”. Harrington Park Press.

Acuna, M.A., Franke, T., & Lipscomb, A.E. (2022). Coping and Resilience: PTSD Screening and Brief Intervention for Underrepresented Students at a Public University. Social Work. NASW Press.

Lipscomb, A.E. & Montgomery(2022). Antiracist Practices within Nonprofit Organizations Serving African American Clients. International Journal of Social Policy and Education 4(2) 1-8.

Lipscomb, A.E. (2022). You Are the Father! Engaging Non-Custodial Black Fathers in Parenting Utilizing Critical Historical Policy Analysis and Ecological Systems Theory. Journal of Social Work Education and Practice 7(5) 14-29.

Curry, M., Lipscomb, A.E.,Ashley, W., & McCarty-Caplan (2022). Black Barbershops: Exploring Informal Mental Health Settings Within the Community. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies.

Lipscomb, A.E., Ashley, W., & Marks, S(2021). Mis-Bereavement of the Formerly Incarcerated Black Man. Journal of Sociology and Social Work. 9(2) 46-56.

Lipscomb, A.E. & Tejeda, Y. (2021). Exploring the Role of Mentorship in Nonprofit Organizations to Support and Retain African American Male Social Workers. Social Work & Education. 8(1)

Lipscomb, A.E. (2021). Let a Brotha Breathe and Grieve: Promoting Healing for Black Men and Youth Who Are Grieving through Honoring-Based Practices. Journal of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry. 41(1).

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2021). A Critical Analysis of the Utilization of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapy with African American Clients. Journal of Human Services, Training, Research and Practice. 7 (1).

Lipscomb, A. E., & Emeka, M. (2020). You Don’t Get It Babe: Intimate Partner Support Coupled with Racialized Discrimination among Intra-Racial and Inter-Racial Couples. Psychology, 11, 1813-1825.

Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). We Got You BRUH? An Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Racist Clinical Approach for Working with African American Men Experiencing Grief, Loss and Trauma. Journal of Sociology and Social Work 8 (2).

Lipscomb, A.E. (2020). You Have the Right to Exclaim Your Pain: Honoring Black Familial Voices Impacted by Police Induced Trauma in the United States. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies 7 (1).

Lipscomb, A.E., Bracy. I, M. Emeka, M., Stevenson, V., Lira, A., Gomez, Y., Riggins, J. (2019). BLACK MALE HUNTING! A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Secondary Impact of Stephon Clark’s Murder on the Black Male Psyche. Journal of Sociology and Social Work 7 (1).

Lipscomb, A.E., Ashley, W. & Riggins, J (2019). Sexual Healing: How Racialized Black Males Use Sex to Cope with Stress, Loss and Separation. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 46 (1).

Lipscomb, A.E. & Arkadie, N. (2019). It Takes a Community: Preventing Child Maltreatment of Toddler-Aged Children in the US from an Ecological Systems Perspective. Journal of Social Work Education and Practice 4 (4).

Decker, J., Brown, J., Ashley, W. & Lipscomb. A.E. (2019). Mindfulness, Meditation and Breathing Exercises: Reduced Anxiety for Clients and Self Care for Social Work Interns. Special issue of Social Work with Groups.

Arkadie, N. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Post Graduate Training and Professional Development: Exploring the Nexus Between Self Compassion and Compassion Fatigue Among Mental Health Clinicians Working with Trauma. International Research in Higher Education.

Lipscomb, A.E. & Valencia, I(2018). A Mixed-Methods Explanatory Study Exploring Access to Mental Health Services among School Age Children of Farmworkers. Journal of Modern Education Review.

Ashley, W. & Lipscomb, A.E. (2018). Culturally Affirming Clinical Supervision in Graduate Field Education: Enhancing Transformative Dialogue in the Supervisory Dyad. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (3). (Requires login)

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2018). Black Male Grief Through the Lens of Racialization and Oppression: Effective Instruction for Graduate Clinical Programs. International Research in Higher Education, 3 (2).

Lipscomb, A.E.; Gaines, D., Flynn, T. (2017). An Exploration of the Utilization of Self-compassion among Emerging Adult African American and Latino Students. Journal of Modern Education Review, (11). DOI:10.15341/jmer(2155-7993)/11.07.2017/001

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W., Mountz, S. (2017). From the Teachers' Perspective: Exploring Ways to Navigate Transformative Dialogues about Microaggressions in Social Work Higher Education. International Research in Higher Education, 2 (3).

Lipscomb, A.E. & Ashley, W. (2017). Colorful Disclosures: Identifying Identity-Based Differences and Enhancing Critical Consciousness in Supervision. Smith College Studies in Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2017.1324098 

Lipscomb, A.E. & Choi, K. (2016). “A Qualitative Study Exploring the Role of Caregivers and Teachers in the Academic Achievement of Youth in foster Care.” Journal of Modern Education Review, Doi: 10.15341/jmer(2155-7993)/12.06.2016/002.

Lipscomb, A.E. (2016). “No More Scared Straight! Creating Trauma-Sensitive Environments for At-Risk-Children in School Settings.” Journal of Modern Education Review, 6( 4), 243–249. DOI: 10.15341/jmer(21557993)/04.06.2016/003.

Keynote Speaker

SCRP Clinical Supervisors Conference2023

Equity Summit 2023 Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness

Mental Health and The Black Church, Community and Culture 2023 Fuller Seminary College

Los Angeles School Empowerment Program Conference 2023 Dignity Health

BreaKING the Ice: Black Men’s Mental Health and Wellness Conference 2023 Adelphi University

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 6th Annual Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Conference

In Our Hands Early Childhood Conference 2023 Riverside County Early Education

CalSWEC Fairness and Equity Symposium 2022