The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Joseph Palombo: The Man of the Hour, The Man of the Year


The winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient also celebrated his 85th birthday with his ICSW family at ICSW's Spring Benefit on April 21st.

Joseph Palombo, the founding dean of The Institute for Clinical Social Work, is a licensed clinical social worker of national distinction. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from Yale University and a master’s degree in social work from the University Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Mr. Palombo specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Palombo serves as a faculty member at ICSW and at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, which he directed for several years. He is a founding member of the Rush Neurobehavioral Center from which he received the Pearl H. Rieger Award for having made a significant contribution to the lives of children with neurobehavioral issues. Mr. Palombo was the co-chair of the committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Task Force of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM).

In addition to other honors and awards, he is the recipient of the Edna Reiss-Sophie Greenberg Davis Chair, Reiss-Davis Child Study Center,  Los Angeles in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of child and adolescent mental health. Mr. Palombo has contributed numerous articles to the literature and two books, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Clinical Perspective and Learning Disorders & Disorders of the Self in Children and Adolescents. More recently he co-authored the textbook, Guide to Psychoanalytic Developmental Theories, used widely in courses on development.