Alan Lincoln

Alan Lincoln

Interim Program Director

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.