Drawing on over two decades of experience as a scholar-practitioner and administrator, Dr. Alonzo DeCarlo has emerged as a prominent figure in the field of education, seamlessly blending roles as a dedicated educator and seasoned administrator. Having had the position of tenured associate professor of psychology, Dr. DeCarlo has woven a tapestry of knowledge and mentorship throughout his tenure. His administrative acumen is evident in a distinguished career that spans various leadership roles, including Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Director of Graduate and Professional Programs, and Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. DeCarlo has also served as a regional accreditation body peer reviewer and university accreditation officer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), providing him with a nuanced understanding of the academic enterprise.
Dr. DeCarlo’s expertise extended into the realms of psychology and social work, where he is recognized as a luminary in the field. As a researcher and academic, his pioneering spirit was self-evident in his focus on group psychotherapy, particularly addressing the needs of African American adolescents in urban environments. His groundbreaking RAP Therapy approach in group psychotherapy, which harnesses the transformative power of music, has left an indelible mark on the field. Dr. DeCarlo continues publishing in the field on topics pertaining to practice and policy issues in psychology, counseling, and psychiatry, with publications released as recently as 2024.
As a Fulbright scholar and International visiting scholar, Dr. DeCarlo has made significant contributions to doctoral programs in Ethiopia and Ghanaian institutions of higher learning, underscoring his commitment to global education and mental health initiatives. In his role as a senior consultant, Dr. DeCarlo’s passion for higher education is evident in his dedication to helping others succeed. Leveraging his deep understanding of human behavior, he navigates the complex landscape of candidate selection, drawing upon his extensive network to identify exceptional talent aligned with institutional visions. Since joining Academic Search in 2021, Dr. DeCarlo has been instrumental in facilitating numerous successful placements, bringing him immense satisfaction as he continues to shape the future of academia through mentorship, insight, and a steadfast commitment to excellence.