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Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, named one of the ‘World’s Most Influential Minds’ in psychiatry, psychology

For the second consecutive year, Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Upstate Medical University, has been included in the Thomson Reuter’s list of World’s Most Influential Minds and its list of Highly Cited Researchers in the field of psychiatry/psychology. Thomson Reuters is a major multinational mass media and information firm.

The 2015 report is an updated listing of the elite scientists officially designated as Highly Cited Researchers, based on their respective output of top-cited papers in their fields. “Covering an 11-year period, it features the scientists who have won acclaim and approval within a key population: their peers,” says Emmanuel Thiveaud, Vice-President/Head of Government Solutions& Research Analytics,Thomson Reuters IP & Science Business. The report listed some 3,000 highly cited researchers in 21 main specialty areas.

Robert Gregory, MD, professor and chair of Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Upstate, said: “Professor Faraone has had a profound influence on the field of psychiatry and has elevated the standards of scholarship of colleagues in both psychology and psychiatry.  He has made important contributions to the clinical literature regarding the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  In fact, his studies of the age at onset of ADHD were an important influence in current plans to modify the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic criteria for the disorder and his work on adult ADHD was instrumental in teaching clinicians and researchers about the persistence of ADHD into adulthood.”

To compile its lists, Thomson Reuters analyzed data from its Web of Science and InCites platforms to determine which researchers have produced published works that are most cited by their peers. According to the publication, the cited researchers listed in the report were selected by analyzing citation data over a recent 11-year period (2003-2013) and identifying those who published the greatest number of highly cited papers. Highly cited papers rank in the top 1 percent of the citation distributions of comparable papers, those matched for field and age.

An author on more than 800 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books, Faraone was the eighth highest producer of High Impact Papers in Psychiatry from 1990 to 1999 as determined by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, Science, 2000, Vol 288, pg 959).  In 2005, ISI determined him to be the second highest cited author in the area of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and in 2013 he was the third most highly cited researcher in psychiatry and psychology in the world, according to Microsoft Academic Search.

Faraone also serves as professor of neuroscience and physiology at Upstate and holds appointments as senior scientific advisor, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Program and psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has been principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health funded grants that address numerous psychiatric conditions, including attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder and substance use disorders in children. His studies into ADHD have brought a greater understanding of the highly heritable nature of ADHD and have brought researchers closer to identifying specific genes that play a key role in increasing susceptibility of ADHD. He and his group seek to discover new medicines for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism based on discoveries in genetics.

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