Finding the Unfound: The Convergence of Psychoanalytic Principles and Neuropsychology in the Understanding and Treatment of Asperger's Syndrome

Psychoanalysts Katharine Gould (Los Angeles) and Alan Sugarman (La Jolla) will present clinical work with toddlers, children, and young adults diagnosed with Asperger’s. Neuropsychologist Alan Lincoln (San Diego) will discuss Asperger’s from the perspective of neurobiology, expanding insight into the world of those living with Asperger’s and their families. The clinical summaries presented at the conference will describe the recent psychoanalytically informed methods of treatment that have made it possible for some of these patients (child and adult) to experience being "found" (Winnicott) and then to reverse the process by finding us.


Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
8:30 a.m. – registration/light breakfast



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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$35 for SDPC Members
$50 for Non-members
$20 for Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Explain how an understanding of Asperger’s syndrome, as seen from a psychoanalytically informed perspective, can shape effective interventions for young-adult patients and their families.
  • List 3 ways that neurobiology contributes to more effective ways of working psychoanalytically with child patients with Asperger’s syndrome and their families.
  • Discuss how culture affects the treatment of patients with Asperger’s syndrome.

Presenter Information

Katharine Gould, L.C.S.W. is a faculty member of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and a recent member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She is the issue editor and contributor to the May-June, 2011, issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, on the topic of psychoanalytic work with patients diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Ms. Gould has recently relocated her private practice to Santa Monica from Chicago, where she worked for 18 years with adults, children, and adolescents.

Alan Sugarman, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst in child, adolescent, and adult analysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California , San Diego. Dr. Sugarman has over 70 professional publication and serves on many professional editorial boards and has occupied prominent positions in the local psychoanalytic institute as well as the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has been in private practice providing services to children, adolescents, and adults for almost 30 years in La Jolla.

Alan Lincoln, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University and director and founder of the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service ( in San Diego.