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2008 Achievement Award Recipients

Russ Barkley David DeCenzo Rick Lifton
Russ Barkley
Class of 1967
Dave DeCenzo
Class of 1973
Rick Lifton
Class of 1971

Russ Barkley

RUSS BARKLEY, Ph.D. (67) is a leading expert on child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.  Currently, Russ is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Research Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

After serving in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Russ obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina in 1973.  He received his Master's Degree in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1977 in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He then attended the Oregon Health Sciences University for internship training in developmental, learning, and behavioral disorders of children.  Thereafter, he joined the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Children's Hospital where he founded the Neuropsychology Service and served as its Chief until 1985.  He then moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as the Director of Psychology for more than 15 years (1985-2000) and established the research clinics for both child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.  In 2002, he relocated to the Charleston, SC region.

Russ is a Diplomate in three specialties, Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).  He is a clinical scientist, educator and practitioner who has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than 20 books and clinical manuals.  He has published more than 230 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.  His most recent books include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (2nd ed., 1998), Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (2000, 2nd ed.), Defiant Children:  A Clinician’s Manual for Assessment and Parent Training (2nd ed., 1997), and Child Psychopathology (2003), and Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior (1998). In 1993, he founded a bimonthly newsletter for clinical professionals, The ADHD Report (Guilford).  He has created seven professional videotapes on ADHD and defiant children, three of which have won national awards, including the 1992 and 1994 Golden Apple Award for educational videos from the National Education Association.

Russ has served on the editorial boards of 11 scientific journals and as a reviewer for numerous others. He was the President of the Section of Clinical Child Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association (1988), and was President of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (1991).  Russ has presented more than 600 invited workshops, public addresses, and scientific presentations internationally, including in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Israel, Russia, Kenya, Venezuela, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Spain, Italy, Canada, and Great Britain.  He has appeared on the nationally televised 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and in 1996, he was awarded the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his research career in child development. In 1998, he received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research from the Section on Clinical Child Psychology, (now Division 53) of the American Psychological Association.  In 2002, he received the Dissemination Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association for his career long efforts to dispel misconceptions about ADHD and to educate the public and other professionals about the science of this disorder.

(More information about Russ' distinguished career can be found at

[Ed Note: Russ is perhaps best known as the bass player in the original Tuesday Boots!  (See photo at]


Rick Lifton

RICK LIFTON, M.D. (71), an internationally recognized expert on hypertension, is Sterling Professor of Genetics, Medicine and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Chair of the Department of Genetics, Director of the Lifton Lab, and Director of the Yale Center for Human Genetics and Genomics at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Earlier this year, Rick was awarded the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for discovering genes that cause many forms of high and low blood pressure.  Rick joins a very distinguished roster of past Wiley Award recipients, among them Nobel Prize-winning scientists Andrew Fire, Craig Mello and Robert Horvitz.  The Wiley Prize recognizes contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced novel concepts or their applications in a particular biomedical discipline. It honors a specific contribution or a series of contributions that demonstrate "significant leadership and innovation."

Rick has identified ten genes that cause very high blood pressure and ten genes that cause very low blood pressure. He also found that these genes are involved in the regulation of salt balance by the kidney.

“Dr. Lifton’s findings highlight the importance of dietary salt in the causation of hypertension, a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide,” said Günter Blobel, M.D., chair of the Wiley Prize awards jury.  Robert Alpern, M.D., Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, said, “Lifton’s research has demonstrated unequivocally the importance of renal salt handling in the regulation of blood pressure. While hypertension can be due to over constriction of blood vessels or abnormal salt handling by the kidney, Lifton has found in multiple genetic causes of high and low blood pressure that the etiology resides in the kidney.  These findings have settled a controversy that persisted for much of the 20th century.”

Rick received his Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.  (Additional information about Rick's distinguished career can be found at,,, and


Dave Decenzo

DAVE DECENZO. Ph.D. (73) is the president of Coastal Carolina University, a position he has held since May 7, 2007.His inauguration as the second president of the University centered on elements that aptly characterize his life and leadership tradition, integrity, and excellence.

As president, DeCenzo has implemented a comprehensive strategic planning process, assured fiscal accountability through policy and practice, and promoted assessment and transparency throughout the University.Since he became president in 2007, the University's enrollment has grown nearly 19 percent to more than 9,300 students.The academic program has been expanded from 39 to 65 undergraduate degree programs and six new master's degree programs have been added. Recent additions include the B.A. in Intelligence and National Security Studies, B.S. in Health Administration, the Universitys first on-line degree program, and the M.A. in Accountancy and M.A. Writing.In addition, the University is seeking approval for its first doctoral program, the Ph.D. in Marine Science.

Among its national accolades, the University has been recognized by Forbes as one of America's Best Colleges and America's 100 Best College Buys for four consecutive years, a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the past three years, and has been included on the 2012 Corporation for National and Community Services Presidents Higher Education Community Service Roll for institution-wide commitment to service and volunteerism.

Under his leadership, the most ambitious construction program in the University's history is under way.The approximately $270 million building campaign includes the new HTC Center, a student recreation and convocation center; and three major academic buildings: Bryan Information Commons, an addition to Kimbel Library; Penny Hall, a new academic/office building; and Swain Science Center, which is expected to open in 2013. The campus comprises 630 acres, in addition to a 1,062-acre tract on Waties Island that provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology on an Atlantic coast barrier island. The Board of Trustees has adopted a Campus Master Plan to guide development of the University to achieve an enrollment of 12,500 students by 2020.

DeCenzo began his tenure at Coastal Carolina University in 2002 when he became dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, a position he held until 2006 when he was named provost of the University. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2006.

Beginning in 1986, DeCenzo enjoyed a 16-year association with Towson University in Baltimore as a professor, scholar and administrator in various capacities, including director of partnership development and associate dean in the College of Business and Economics, and chairman and vice chairman of the Department of Management.Prior to Towson, he was an assistant professor at the University of Baltimore and a corporate trainer/employee development specialist with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland.

DeCenzo grew up in Clinton, Md., near Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics (1978).DeCenzo also earned a Master of Arts degree with emphasis on labor economics (1979) and a Ph.D. in industrial relations (1981), both from West Virginia University.

DeCenzo's teaching and research interests have focused on management, human resource management and organizational behavior.He is the author or co-author of nearly 30 textbooks that are used widely at colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world.In addition, his articles have been published in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Business Review and Indiana University's Business Horizons, as well as in numerous professional publications.

As an experienced industry consultant, corporate trainer and public speaker, DeCenzo has served a wide variety of clients, including Moen, Citicorp Global Technology, and AlliedSignal Technical Services (Honeywell).

DeCenzo has served as a member of several academic associations and on many boards for local, community and corporate organizations.He is a member of the board of directors for the North Eastern Strategic Alliance, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Center, Conway Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, and AVX Corp., among others.He is also the chair of the Council of Presidents for comprehensive public universities in South Carolina.

DeCenzo and his wife Terri have four children: Mark, Meredith, Gabriella and Natalie.The DeCenzos live in Pawleys Island, S.C.

(You can visit Dave's Blog at