Allison R. Ross


Allison Ross, PhD, LCSW-R is the Deputy Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families, a $24M organization that provides comprehensive services to adults and children survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and other forms of gender violence. In this role, she supports the oversight of the Clinical Department, which has a staff of over 60 and a budget of over $4.5M, including overseeing the Non-Residential Program Services to survivors and children at multiple sites, the African Community Initiative, the South and East Asian Community Initiatives, the Hotline and the Clinical Administrative Program. Dr. Ross earned her MSW from Columbia and her PhD from Fordham. As an educator, she serves as a Field Instructor for MSW, MHC, and undergraduate interns. She has also been an Adjunct Instructor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work since 2011, teaching Domestic Violence and Social Work Practice including Field Education Seminar. Dr. Ross was one of the school’s first online instructors, piloting two online courses before the Online Campus launched and currently having taught more than 20 online courses. She serves on the school’s adjunct advisory committee. Dr. Ross is also an Adjunct Instructor at Silver School of Social Work, New York University since 2013, Teaching Research 1 and II. Dr. Ross is serving on a dissertation committee as an outside reader for a doctoral student completing her PhD. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) and is a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW- NYC Chapter) As a Clinical Practitioner, Dr Ross is certified and rostered in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviors Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) with additional trainings and certificates in other interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC). She is honored to be recognized by The National Association of Social Workers- NYC Chapter (NASW-NYC), and the Board of Directors as a recipient of the EMERALD AWARD, representing 16-25 Years of exemplary leadership and contributions in the Social Work profession. Dr. Ross’ publications demonstrate her commitment to social justice, advocacy, and empowerment through the lens of race, diversity, and intersectionality. They include Working with Immigrants at Sanctuary for Families; Impact of Psychoeducational Advocacy Training as Compared to Psychoeducational Support Group as an Empowering Tool for Female Survivors of Domestic Violence; and Cell phones, clothing, and sex: First impressions of power using older African Americans as stimuli.

Publications and Content by Allison R. Ross