Russell Barkley

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Russell A. Barkley (born 1949)[1] is a clinical psychologist who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina[2][3][4] and an author of books on ADHD.[5][6][7][8][9] Involved in research since 1973 and a licensed psychologist since 1977,[10] he is an expert on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has devoted much of his scientific career to studying ADHD and related problems in children. His research interests include childhood defiance.

Author of 15 books and more than 180 scientific papers, Barkley edits The ADHD Report, a newsletter for clinicians and parents. He has also conducted trials on sluggish cognitive tempo for Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical entity whose financial ties to Barkley have led to public criticism for a perceived conflict of interest.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Early life and education[edit]

Barkley had a twin brother, Ronald.[1][17] He earned an Associate of Arts from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina in June 1972, and a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[18] He earned an MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.[19] From July 1976 to 1977, Barkley was an intern at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon.[18][20]


In 1978, Barkley founded the Neuropsychology Service at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Children's Hospital, and served as its chief until 1985. He then moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as Director of Psychology from 1985 to 2000. Barkley was professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.[21][22][23] In 2005, he joined the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he was a research professor of psychiatry.[24][25] He has been at the Medical University of South Carolina since 2003.[22]

At least one of Barkley's rating scales for adult ADHD evaluates sluggish cognitive tempo.[11][26][27] He has been a paid speaker and consultant for Eli Lilly, McNeil, Janssen-Orth, Janssen-Cilag, Novartis, Shire, and Theravance.[12][13][14][15][28][29]


  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment. New York: Guilford Press, 1990. ISBN 978-1-59385-210-8.
  • ADHD and the Nature of Self Control. New York: Guilford Press, 1997. ISBN 978-1-57230-250-1.
  • Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents. New York: Guilford Press, (3rd ed.) 2013. ISBN 978-1-46250-789-4.
  • With Kevin R Murphy and Mariellen Fischer. ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says. New York: Guilford Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59385-586-4.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults: The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7637-6564-4.
  • Taking Charge of Adult ADHD. New York: Guilford Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-60623-338-2.
  • Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved. New York: Guilford Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4625-0535-7.
  • Defiant Children : a Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training, 3rd ed. New York: Guilford Publications, 2013. ISBN 978-1-57230-123-8.



  1. ^ a b Your Defiant Teen, Second Edition: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild ... - Russell A. Barkley, Arthur L. Robin - Google Books
  2. ^ Lesley Alderman, "Speed Bumps on the Way to an A.D.H.D. Diagnosis", The New York Times, May 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Katherine Ellison, "Neurofeedback Gains Popularity and Lab Attention", The New York Times, October 4, 2010.
  4. ^ Amanda Mascarelli, "ADHD faulted in some grown-up problems", Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Aliyah Baruchin, "Attention Deficits That May Linger Well Past Childhood" The New York Times, March 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "A.D.H.D. Drugs: Help or Hindrance?" The New York Times, February 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Tracey Harrington McCoy, "Richard Saul Says ADHD Does Not Exist. Not Everyone Agrees", Newsweek, February 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Jessica Yadegaran, "How to manage your marriage when your spouse has ADHD", The Washington Post, January 2, 2011.
  9. ^ NPR, "A Focus On Adults: Living With Chronic ADHD".
  10. ^ Frontline. Interviews - Russell Barkley.
  11. ^ a b Alan Schwarz, "Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate", The New York Times, April 11, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Payment Disclosure: Eli Lilly 2009 Jan. to Dec. - ProPublica
  13. ^ a b Payment Disclosure: Eli Lilly 2009 Jan. to Dec. - ProPublica
  14. ^ a b Payment Disclosure: Eli Lilly 2012 Jan. to Dec. Other Healthcare Professionals - ProPublica
  15. ^ a b Payment Disclosure: Eli Lilly 2010 Jan. to Dec. - ProPublica
  16. ^ "Drug Company Dominance Makes Some Shrinks Very Rich, and Many Patients Over Drugged" by Bruce Levine, AlterNet, Apr. 15, 2014.
  17. ^ Adult ADHD: Driving Under the Influence...of Attention Deficit
  18. ^ a b VITA Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
  19. ^ Russell A. Barkley, PhD
  20. ^ Russell A. Barkley, PhD Biography
  21. ^ Michael Richardson, "Suicide Risk in Caning, U.S. Doctor Warns", The New York Times, May 4, 1994.
  22. ^ a b About Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
  23. ^ Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
  24. ^ John Leland, "Are They Here to Save the World?" The New York Times, January 12, 2006.
  25. ^ Melissa Healy, "ADHD and Ritalin: Revisiting patients", Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2011.
  26. ^ Megan Brooks, "Sluggish Cognitive Tempo a Distinct Attention Disorder?", Medscape, January 28, 2014.
  27. ^ Conflicts of Interest for Practice Parameters Not Listed in Parameter
  28. ^ ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says
  29. ^ Payment Disclosure: Eli Lilly to BARKLEY, RUSSELL - ProPublica

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