The Palombo Center

The Board of Trustees of the Institute for Clinical Social Work established the Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience
and Psychoanalytic Social Work to honor Joe Palombo for his dedication and devotion, over the 55-year period of his
career, to the improvement of the lives of children, adolescents, and adults with neurobehavioral problems and to furthering
the education of clinical social workers.

Mission & Vision

Concordant with the values and objectives of The Institute for Clinical Social Work, the Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Social Work is an interdisciplinary center whose:

Mission is to maximize the effectiveness of mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults through the integration of neuroscience and psychoanalytic social work by offering educational opportunities to professionals and the lay public.

Vision is to enhance the mental health of children, adolescents, and adults by integrating neuroscience and psychoanalytic social work.

Psychoanalytic Social Work and Neuroscience

A strong bond has existed between clinical social work and psychoanalytic theory from the early days of our profession. In recent years, controversy has arisen regarding as to whether psychoanalysis and neuroscience should be integrated or whether such an integration is even feasible. The consequence has been that the findings from the neurosciences remain unintegrated into psychoanalytic social work theory. Clinical social workers provide an overwhelming share of services to patients in need of mental health services. Many of these patients suffer from brain dysfunctions. There are significant clinical implication to the adherence of either position. The Center is dedicated to an exploration of the issues surrounding this controversy in the service of initiating a dialogue among advocates of the various positions. 

Upcoming Events At The
Palombo Center



  • William Gieseke

  • Andrew Suth

    Associate Director

  • Joseph Palombo

    Distinguished Emeritus Director

Advisory Committee

  • Barbara Alexander

  • Freddi Friedman

  • Amy Groessl

  • Diane Leamy

  • Rob Mardirossian

  • Sue Terrell

  • Allan Hoffman

    President, Ex Officio

Honorary Board Members

  • Lou Cozolino

    Professor of Psychology
    Pepperdine University

  • Gaylord Gieseke

    Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition

  • Linda Gilkerson

    Erikson Institute

  • Meryl Lipton

    Medical Director
    Rush Neurobehavioral Center

  • Faye Mishna

    Dean & Professor
    Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
    University of Toronto

  • Eva Rass

    Psychoanalyst (Germany)

  • Pearl Rieger

    Psychoeducational Diagnostician

  • Erika Schmidt

    Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago

  • Allan N. Schore

    Clinical Faculty
    Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
    UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

  • Mark D. Smaller

    American Psychoanalytic Association

  • Jesse L.Viner

    Director and Founder
    YellowBrick Consultation & Treatment Center