Thayer, Allison and Loftus highly cited experts

From left: Julian Thayer, Steven Allison and Elizabeth Loftus

From left: Julian Thayer, Steven Allison and Elizabeth Loftus

Professors are among most influential scientists in the world 

Julian Thayer, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, and Steven D. Allison, director of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, have made the Highly Cited Researchers list for 2022. And, Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of psychological science and criminology, law and society, has been named among’s 1,000 top female scientists in the world. 

Quantitative and qualitative analyses are used to identify individuals from across the globe who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields of research for the Highly Cited list. The preliminary list is drawn from the papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index over the past decade. The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analyses performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at Clarivate’s Institute for Scientific Information. This year’s 7,225 Highly Cited Researcher designations have been issued to 6,938 scholars. The number of awards exceeds the number of unique individuals because some researchers were recognized in more than one field.’s ranking of top female scientists in the world includes leading female scientists from all major areas of science. It is based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph. Only the top 1,000 female scientists are featured in the ranking.

Thayer specializes in health psychology, psychopathology, health disparities, heart rate variability, emotions, stress and neuroimaging research. Allison, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, specializes in microbial ecology, ecosystem processes and climate change. Loftus studies cognitive psychology, human memory, psychology and law.

Last year's Highly Cited Researchers list included Thayer and Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science.
— Mimi Ko Cruz