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SUNY Upstate professor named 80th best scientist in the world

Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor at Upstate Medical University, who is a foremost scholar on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has been ranked as the 80th “best scientist in the world,”and 57th best in the United States, according to Research.com.

According to Research.com: “the inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking are based on their Discipline H-index (D-index), proportion of their contributions made within a given discipline as well as the awards and achievements of a scientist in specific areas. The D-Index is used to rank scholars in descending order combined with the total number of citations.” Faraone's work has been cited by colleagues 195,382 times.

Faraone’s productivity and influence also has been recognized previously. ExpertScape named him a “world expert” on mental disorders by virtue of his ranking in the top 0.1 percentage of scholars writing about mental disorders in the last decade. They also list him as the top expert in neurodevelopmental disorders, worldwide.

Faraone is one the foremost researchers on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is best known for leading an international effort that discovered the first genes for ADHD and for research that helped shape diagnostic criteria for ADHD In adults. He curates evidence about ADHD at www.ADHDevidence.com and has a strong social media presence with 28,000 followers on Twitter and 16,443 on LinkedIn.

Upstate Medical University President Mantosh Dewan, MD, applauded Faraone’s most recent honor.

“Dr Faraone has distinguished himself in every way as a singular scholar in the area of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” Dewan said. “His work has moved the scientific and medical community closer to gaining a greater understanding of ADHD and its treatments. Upstate is pleased to have him as part of our faculty, our research team, and we celebrate his significant accomplishments throughout his important scientific career.”

Upstate’s Vice President for Research David Amberg, PhD, also had praise for his colleague.

“It’s no surprise that Dr Faraone ranks are one of the best scientists in the world,” Amberg said. “His productivity and influence have been recognized throughout the world and it is rare to find an ADHD breakthrough that cannot be referenced in some way to Dr Faraone’s decades of work in this area. I share with Upstate President Dewan and Dr Faraone’s colleagues in recognizing Dr Faraone for his superlative work and the pride it brings to us all.

Faraone currently serves president of the World Federation of ADHD.

His honors include the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association, given to 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 and is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 2014, Thompson Reuters placed him on their list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for the fields of psychiatry and psychology.

Last summer, Faraone was selected as one of five experts to serve on the steering committee for a team that will create guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults.

Faraone joined Upstate in 2004. He was named SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2013. The faculty rank recognizes the scholarship and research of SUNY’s finest and most accomplished faculty.