Joseph Palombo, M.A., LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. He received a master's degree (philosophy) from Yale University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Mr. Palombo specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. Additionally, Mr. Palombo is the founding dean of the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, and is on the faculty of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. At the Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, he serves as consultant to the staff and provides in service training. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc., and 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).

Areas of Special Interest within the Profession:

  • Individual treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the emotional problems of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities, with particular specialization in nonverbal learning disabilities.
  • The application of Self Psychology to clinical social work.