Steven V. Faraone


Dr. Steven Faraone is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience & Physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry. He is also Senior Scientific Advisor to the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He holds an honorary professorship at the KG Jebsen Centre for Research on Neuropsychiatric Disorders at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Dr. Faraone studies the nature and causes of mental disorders in childhood and has made contributions to research in psychiatric genetics, psychopharmacology, diagnostic issues and methodology. Dr. Faraone is also the Editor for the journal Neuropsychiatric Genetics, Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Biostatistical and Methodology Editor for the Journal of Attention Disorders. He also heads the educational website

Background and Education

After graduating with his BA in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Faraone pursued his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Iowa, 1980 and 1982, respectively. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University for Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics. Dr. Faraone completed his post-graduate training at Brown University as well.


In 2005, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI),determined him to be the second highest cited author in the area of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and in 2013 he was the third most highly cited researcher in psychiatry and psychology. Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics listed Dr. Faraone as a highly cited researcher annually from 2014 to 2019. Moreover, he ranked among the top 0.01% of scientists cited across all fields in 2019 and 2020. In 2020, expertscape indicated he was the top-rated expert in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD worldwide).