Phylicia Allen, MSW is a third year doctoral student in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Research Interests: Strengths-based assessments on the structure of neighborhoods, utilization of resources within neighborhoods, and mechanisms for understanding academic outcomes, and risky behavior, among African American adolescents.


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Phylicia is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow and NIDA TranSTAR T32 Predoctoral Fellow. She is affiliated with the Institute for School Partnership and the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA). Additionally, she has taught the following courses at the graduate level on; social work practice theories, the impact of institutionalized racism, community school models, and is currently teaching a doctoral level research methods course.

Before coming to Brown School, Phylicia received a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Upon completing the master’s program, she worked as an external program evaluator in the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Center, University of Michigan. This work included building internal evaluation capacity through measurement of process and participant outcomes, at a non-profit organization in Detroit, MI. Following this position, Phylicia was Co-founder and Project Manager for the New Leaders in African-Centered Social Work Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. Projects included; quantitative and qualitative studies, developing a protocol for preparing MSW students for culturally-relevant practice in African American communities, co-teaching, and scholarly writing on understanding graduate student experiences with racial microaggressions.


  • Hollingsworth, L. D., Patton, D. U, Allen, P. C., Johnson, K. E. (2018). Racial microaggressions in social work education. Black students’ encounters in a predominately White institution. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 1-11.