Social work

Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

Associate Professor
Office Location: ST 204







Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW, Associate Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist by highest degree obtained. He is 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.  Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. He has worked in collaboration with Alhambra Unified School District; Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Los Angeles County Department of Probation; Los Angeles Unified School District and California Community Care Licensing.

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 consumers.  Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb is a co-host of a podcast centered around mental health with men/communities of color (an extension of CSUN's M3 program).


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


Ashley, W., Mountz, S., Lipscomb, A.E. (in press). 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.


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.


Lipscomb, A. (2017, March 23). ESSA Law Must Provide Necessary Investments for Success, Educators Say. Westside Gazette, par. 6.