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Upstate professor named one of the world’s top scholars for writings on mental disorders

An Upstate Medical University professor has been named a “world expert,” for being one of the world’s top scholars writing about mental disorders.

Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Research of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Stephen Faraone, PhD, received the honor from ExpertScape, which places him in the top 0.1 percentage of scholars writing about mental disorders in the last decade.

Faraone is the author of more than 1,000 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books. From 1990 to 1999, he was the eighth highest producer of High Impact Papers in Psychiatry as determined by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). In 2005, ISI named him as the second highest cited author for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. From 2014 to 2019 he was listed as a highly cited researcher by Thomson/Reuters/Claritive Analytics. In 2013, he was cited as being 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 academic search engine. In 2019, his citation metrics placed him in the top 0.01 percent of scientists across all fields. Expertscape has previously cited him for being the top-rated expert in ADHD, worldwide.

“Dr. Faraone is a superstar among our many distinguished and prominent research faculty,” said Vice President for Research David C. Amberg, PhD. “He publishes prolifically on the genetics of mental disorders, is one of the most heavily cited scientists in the world and has been continually very well-funded by government and private funding agencies. He is particularly known for his work elucidating genetic risk factors for attention deficit disorder and has received many accolades over his amazing career.”

Faraone has made contributions to research in psychiatric genetics, psychopharmacology, diagnostic issues and methodology. He has been principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health funded grants that address ADHD in children and adults. 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 president of the World Federation for ADHD and a board member for the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders. Faraone was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of outstanding achievement in medicine and education research on attention disorders. In 2008, he received the SUNY Upstate President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research. In 2010 he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from the State University of New York.

In 2013, he was named a distinguished professor, a title conferred upon SUNY faculty having achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the individual’s chosen field. In 2018 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and in 2019 he received the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association.