Alan Lincoln

Alan Lincoln

Interim Program Director

I am a past graduate of this program, having graduated with my Ph.D. in 1980. I was educated during the early phase of the professional school movement, a time when clinical psychologists were i n such short supply and when training models fell short of adequately preparing psychologists for the rigorous demands of clinical work. My doctoral dissertation examined infant-adult micro interactions. I evaluated normal 2-month-old infants during videotaped interactions with parents and strangers. Between 1980 and 1983 I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at UCSD and started NIH programmatic research focused on electrophysiology in persons with neurodevelopmental disorders. I have 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 my postdoctoral fellowship I also completed advanced coursework through the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute in a two year training program involving psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents. I continued to conduct research, taught classes, supervised students and engaged in a small private practice until about 1998. I was appointed as a core faculty member a few years earlier. The autism epidemic caused me to refocus from having my 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. I served as the President and CEO for 15 years until I sold the agency in 2013. In 2004 I completed my postdoctoral MS in clinical psychopharmacology. I became a board certified Behavior Analyst about 5 years ago. In addition to my responsibilities as Interim Program Director for our program, I am also the Interim Program Director for our Postdoctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology Program. For the past two years I chaired our faculty senate. I earned the rank of Distinguished Professor this past year.