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

Research Interests: My dissertation illuminates lived experiences of Black women in doctoral programs with an emphasis on, 1) mental and physical health and 2) engagement and disengagement coping. Informed by Black Feminist Thought and Intersectionality, my work specifically aims to identify the negative impact of having intersecting identities and the promotive mechanisms Black women incorporate in their lives to minimize stress and poor health outcomes. I am particularly interested in how Black women use their internal strength to better accommodate their daily lives and the extent to which Black women rely on their supportive networks to combat the negative effect of gendered racism and common stressors.


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Phylicia is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow and NIDA TranSTAR T32 Predoctoral Fellow. Additionally, I’ve taught the following courses at the graduate level on; social work practice theories, the impact of institutionalized racism, community school models, and  a doctoral level research methods course.

Before coming to Brown School, I 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, I 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, I 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.


Jackson, A. J., Butler-Barnes, S. T., Robinson, H., Stafford, J. D., Allen, P. C. (2020). Can I Live: Black American Adolescent Boys’ Reports of Police Abuse and the Role of Religiosity on Mental Health. Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12).

Peer Reviewer: Butler-Barnes, S. T. Allen, P. C., Williams, M. A., Jackson, A. (2019) Stereotypes of African Americans. Stereotypes: The thinking person’s guide to today’s reality in the U.S. in Nadler, J. T. & Voyles, E. (Eds) (in press). Stereotypes: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Today’s Reality in the U.S. Praeger Publishing

Veligati, S., Howdeshell, S., Beeler-Stinn, S., Lingham, D., Allen, P. C., Chen, L., Grucza, R. (2019). Changes in alcohol and tobacco consumption in response to medical and recreational cannibas legalization: Evidence from U.S. state tax receipt data. International Journal of Drug Policy.

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.