Stephen Faraone, PhD, reaps national, international honors for lifetime of research into ADHD, genetics

 Stephen Faraone, PhD, reaps national, international honors

Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, Distinguished Professor at Upstate, whose research on attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder has brought greater clarity to the heritable nature of the disorder, has picked up national and international awards, honoring his lifetime of influential research in brain sciences and genetics.

Faraone received the Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics during the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, held in Scotland in October. The award is given to a distinguished senior scientist who has made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics.

In March, Faraone will add another top honor when he picks up the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association. The award is given to a distinguished and currently active investigator who has produced significant, generative research.

Faraone is Distinguished Professor of psychiatry and of neuroscience and physiology and vice chair 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.

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.

Faraone’s honors and accolades are significant and include his induction into the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding achievement in medicine and education research on attention disorders. He is among the most cited psychologist or psychiatrist scholars in the world. In 2014, Thompson Reuters placed him on their list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for the fields of psychiatry and psychology.

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Caption: Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, speaking at the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics in Glasgow, Scotland, where he received a lifetime achievement award for his “significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics.”

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