Deakin researchers named on Highly Cited Researchers list

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16 November 2023

Nine researchers from across Deakin University have been named in the top 1% in the world in their field after the release of the annual Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list.

A Highly Cited Researcher is an individual who has demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field(s) of research.

Each Deakin researcher selected has authored multiple Highly Cited Papers™ which rank in the top 1% by citations for their field(s) and publication year in the Web of Science over the past decade.

Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers are 1 in 1000.

The Deakin researchers who featured on this year’s list are:

Alfred Deakin Professor Colin Barrow

Category: Cross-Field

  • Inaugural Director of Deakin’s Centre for Sustainable Bioproducts (CSB).
  • Selected for the Australian Research Council (ARC)’s College of Experts.
  • Deputy Director of the ARC-funded Industry Transformation Training Centre (IITC) for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing.
  • Heads up the multi-million-dollar Innovative Bioprocessing Technologies research program within the Marine and Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MB-CRC).
  • Works with international researchers and industry partners through funded projects with Plant & Food New Zealand, and the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Institute in India, among others.

Learn more about Professor Colin Barrow

Alfred Deakin Professor Ying (Ian) Chen

Category: Cross-Field

  • Globally acknowledged for his pioneering research in nanomaterials and nanotechnology.
  • Director of the ARC Research Hub for Safe and Reliable Energy Storage and Conversion Technologies.
  • With a portfolio of 400 publications, 20% of which are featured in high-impact international journals with factors exceeding 10.
  • Contributed to five patents resulting in successful commercial ventures by three startup companies: BNNT Technology Ltd, ASX-listed LiS Energy Ltd, and White Graphene.
  • His innovative research holds significant implications in the realms of advanced batteries, hydrogen storage, and environmentally-friendly cold fusion energy.

Learn more about Professor Ying (Ian) Chen

Alfred Deakin Professor Felice Jacka OAM

Category: Cross-Field

  • Widely regarded as being responsible for the development of the highly innovative field of ‘nutritional psychiatry’, establishing diet as a risk factor and treatment target for common mental disorders.
  • Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as an Investigator Fellow (L1).
  • Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to nutritional psychiatry.
  • Founder and Director of Deakin’s Food & Mood Centre.
  • Founder of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research.
  • Cited in more than 100 policy documents globally, including by WHO and UNICEF, as well as influencing clinical practice guidelines in psychiatry in Australia and beyond.

Learn more about Professor Felice Jacka

Associate Professor Eric Lau

Category: Cross-Field

  • Expert in infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance.
  • Research focuses on understanding, monitoring, prevention and control of human and zoonotic diseases using quantitative methods.
  • Published over 200 peer reviewed publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Learn more about Professor Eric Lau

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk

Category: Psychiatry and Psychology

  • Known as one of the world’s leading scientific minds, according to Thompson Reuters ISI (2015-2020).
  • Ranked the top expert in the world in the field of psychiatry according to expertscape.
  • Director of Deakin’s Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) and leads the Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trial Network (MAGNET) funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
  • Awarded grants from the ARC, MRFF, NHMRC, Wellcome Trust, Stanley Medical Research Institute, Centre of Research Excellence, Australian Research Council, Patient-Centred Outcomes Research Institute and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.
  • Published over 1400 scientific papers across his career.
  • Received Victoria’s highest scientific honour, the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in 2019.

Learn more about Professor Michael Berk

Dr Andre Caravlho

Category: Psychiatry and Psychology

  • Expert in evidence-based mental health, reproducibility in neuroscience, consultation-liaison psychiatry and mood and psychotic disorders.
  • Psychiatrist working as an honorary researcher at the University.
  • Ranked third in the world for his expertise in psychiatry according to expertscape.

Learn more about Dr Andre Caravlho

Professor Alison Yung

Category: Psychiatry and Psychology

  • Developed the criteria for identifying individuals at high risk for psychosis and created a crucial instrument to assess risk, called the Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental States (CAARMS).
  • Awarded the Founders’ Medal by the Society of Mental Health Research to recognise how she has transformed treatment delivery for people with early psychosis.
  • Received the Schizophrenia International Research Society’s Outstanding Translational Research Award
  • President of the IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health.
  • Established the first clinic in the world for individuals identified as being at imminent high risk of psychotic disorder, otherwise known as ultra-high risk (UHR).
  • Honoured with a spot the Highly Cited Researchers list since 2015.

Learn more about Professor Alison Yung

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon

Category: Social Sciences

  • Director of Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) and currently supported by a Leadership Level 2 NHMRC fellowship.
  • Founder and president of the Australasian Society for Physical Activity (ASPA).
  • Led TransformUs – a ground-breaking initiative to promote children’s physical activity and reduce prolonged sitting in Victorian primary schools.
  • Previously been supported by a Principal Research Fellowship (NHMRC), a Career Development Award (National Heart Foundation of Australia), and a VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship.
  • Chief investigator on 35 nationally-funded studies and 15 international studies, totalling an estimated and has published more than 440 peer reviewed papers and 14 book chapters.

Learn more about Professor Jo Salmon

Professor Anna Timperio

Category: Social Sciences

  • Deputy Director of Deakin’s IPAN and Deputy Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.
  • Research focuses on understanding the range of influences on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, particularly among children and adolescents.
  • Major focus of her work has been understanding how the neighbourhood and built environment shape active living.
  • Published 260 peer reviewed publications and is a Fellow of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Learn more Professor Anna Timperio

In addition, Professor Michel Armand, a French chemist also identified as a secondary affiliation to Deakin.

World-leading researchers call Deakin home

Deakin Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Alfred Deakin Professor Matthew Clarke commended Deakin’s academics for being acknowledged among the top researchers internationally.

‘The Deakin community is very proud of the achievements of researchers named in the Highly Cited Researchers list,’ Professor Clarke says.

‘The list highlights Deakin as a home of some of the world’s leading researchers, recognised for their impactful contributions to the communities they serve.’

‘The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at Deakin whose significant and broad influence in their fields translates to impact in their research community and innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure,’ David Pendlebury, Head of Research Analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate says.

‘Their contributions resonate far beyond their individual achievements, strengthening the foundation of excellence and innovation in research,’ he says.

How Clarivate determines the ‘who’s who’ of influential researchers

Clarivate’s selection process is complex and determined by combining the inter-related information available to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)™. A new list is determined by our team at ISI each year.

In addition, citation activity is not the sole selection indicator. A preliminary list based on citation activity is then refined using qualitative analysis and expert judgement.

This small fraction of the researcher population, who are featured on the Highly Cited Researchers list, contribute disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge and gaining for society innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure.

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