Dr. Alan Lincoln is a past graduate of this program, having graduated with his Ph.D. in 1980. Dr. Lincoln was educated during the early phase of the professional school movement, a time when clinical psychologists were in such short supply and when training models fell short of adequately preparing psychologists for the rigorous demands of clinical work.
Dr. Lincoln's doctoral dissertation examined infant-adult micro interactions. Dr. Lincoln evaluated normal 2-month-old infants during videotaped interactions with parents and strangers. Between 1980 and 1983 Dr. Lincoln completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at UCSD and started NIH programmatic research focused on electrophysiology in persons with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Lincoln has continued to work on NIH funded research for the past 34 years involving studies of physiology, pathophysiology, structural and functional brain development, pharmacology, neuropsychology, and behavior intervention for persons with neurodevelopmental disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders. Following Dr. Lincoln's postdoctoral fellowship he also completed advanced coursework through the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute in a two year training program involving psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents.
Dr. Lincoln continued to conduct research, teach classes, supervise students and engaged in a small private practice until about 1998. Dr. Lincoln was appointed as a core faculty member a few years earlier. The autism epidemic caused him to refocus from having his primarily study of the biological and neuropsychological underpinnings of persons with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders to developing programs to help treat such individuals. This ultimately led to the development of a large intervention program covering four counties, employing about 150 individuals and treating about 400 individuals yearly.
Dr. Lincoln served as the President and CEO for 15 years until he sold the agency in 2013. In 2004 Dr. Lincoln completed his postdoctoral MS in clinical psychopharmacology. Dr. Lincoln became a board certified Behavior Analyst about 5 years ago. In addition to his responsibilities as Interim Program Director for our program, he is also the Interim Program Director for our Postdoctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology Program. For the past two years Dr. Lincoln chaired our faculty senate. Dr. Lincoln earned the rank of Distinguished Professor this past year.