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Upstate Distinguished Professor Stephen V. Faraone elected to Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, Distinguished Professor at Upstate Medical University, has been elected as a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

“Having had the privilege and pleasure to collaborate with Norwegian scientists for nearly two decades, I am very pleased to have been elected to the Academy,” Faraone said. “I expect that membership will facilitate further collaborative efforts to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.”

Founded in 1857, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters is a non-govern­mental, nationwide, and interdisciplinary body which embraces all fields of learn­ing. The main purpose of the academy is the advancement of science and scholar­ship in Norway. It provides a national forum of communication within and between the various learned disciplines, and it represents Norwegian science vis-á-vis foreign academies and international organizations.

Faraone will be officially installed in the academy during ceremonies May 3 in Norway.

International honors have been bestowed on Faraone before. In 2019, he was elected president of the World Federation of ADHD. The federation, based in the Zurich, Switzerland, is an international professional association of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in ADHD and all psychiatric syndromes in which ADHD may be a feature.

Faraone’s research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has brought greater clarity to the heritable nature of the disorder, and he has received numerous national and international awards, honoring his lifetime of influential research in brain sciences and genetics.

Honors for Faraone and his work at numerous. He is the recipient of the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association, which honors a distinguished and currently active investigator who has produced significant, generative research, and the Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics for his significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics

He is also a member of 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 has received the SUNY Upstate President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from the State University of New York.

Last year, Faraone was named a “world expert,” for being one of the world’s top scholars writing about mental disorders. He received the designation from ExpertScape, which places him in the top 0.1 percentage of scholars writing about mental disorders in the last decade.

Faraone is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology and vice chair for research in Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also holds appointments as senior scientific advisor to the Research Program Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital and as a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.