Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, named SUNY Distinguished Professor

Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, of Upstate Medical University, has received the State University’s highest academic rank as SUNY Distinguished Professor and has been named to the SUNY Distinguished Academy. Faraone is professor of psychiatry, neuroscience and physiology and director of Research for Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  He also holds appointments as senior scientific advisor to the Research Program Pediatric Psychopharmacology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and as lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

The distinction, given by the State University of New York Board of Trustees, acknowledges Faraone for his significant contributions to the research literature, national and international prominence, and for his role in elevating the standards of scholarship among his students, postdoctoral fellows and colleagues.

“We are proud to recognize our faculty with these prestigious rankings, especially now as SUNY is fostering their best ideas and practices within the Distinguished Academy,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Faraone has made contributions to research in psychiatric genetics, psychopharmacology, diagnostic issues and methodology.  He is 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.

In 2002, Faraone was inducted into the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

He is a member of the editorial board of six journals and editor of the prestigious Neuropsychiatric Genetics, deputy editor of the Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Biostatistical and Methodology, editor of the Journal of Attention Disorders, associate editor of Behavioral and Brain Functions, and has served as associate editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (2001-2009). Faraone is also an ad hoc member of advisory committees in the UK, Ireland, Singapore, Australia and Norway.

In August, Faraone was named the third most cited psychologist or psychiatrist in the world and the top cited psychologist or psychiatrist scholar in the United States, according to Microsoft Academic Search, a free service developed by Microsoft Research to help scholars, scientists, students, and practitioners quickly and easily find academic content, researchers, institutions, and activities.

In addition to the Microsoft Academic Search ranking, Wikipedia lists Faraone as the eighth highest producer of High Impact Papers in Psychiatry from 1990 to 1999 as determined by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). In 2005, ISI determined him to be the second highest cited author in the area of ADHD and in 2007 he was the third most highly cited researcher in psychiatry for the preceding decade. In 2011 he was the seventh most highly cited researcher in psychiatry and psychology for the preceding decade.

Faraone is Upstate’s third faculty member to attain the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor. Christopher E. Turner, PhD, professor of cell and developmental biology and the Upstate Cancer Center, received the rank in 2011 for his work into cell adhesion and migration. Richard Cross, PhD, of Upstate’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the honor in 2007 for his work in bioenergetics, the study of biological energy transfer and conversion at the cellular and molecular levels.

Throughout the years, Upstate has had numerous faculty members selected as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors and SUNY Distinguished Service Professors.

The SUNY Distinguished Professorship, one of the four designations comprising Distinguished Faculty Rank, is a tenured academic rank above that of full professor. It was created by the SUNY Board of Trustees to recognize and reward the scholarship and research of SUNY’s finest and most accomplished faculty, and to provide the system wide acknowledgment this level of achievement merits.

Caption: Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, of Upstate Medical University, has received the State University’s highest academic rank as SUNY Distinguished Professor.

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