Three DPBS researchers amongst most influential in the world

Nancy Adler, PhD; Elissa Epel, PhD; and Kristine Yaffe, MD

UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty members (left to right) Nancy Adler, PhD; Elissa Epel, PhD; and Kristine Yaffe, MD, have been recognized for their influential research work by inclusion on Clarivate Analytics' 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty researchers Nancy Adler, PhD; Elissa Epel, PhD; and Kristine Yaffe, MD, rank in the top 1 percent for impact in their fields, according to a new analysis of research citations by science and intellectual property company Clarivate.

The 2022 Highly Cited Researchers list spotlights scholars whose published articles have been cited most by fellow researchers in their fields over the past 10 years. Those on the list have demonstrated significant and broad influence, reflected in their publication of multiple highly cited papers, according to the Clarivate analysis. In total, 36 UCSF scholars are among the most highly cited researchers in biology and biochemistry, clinical medicine, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, neuroscience and behavior, and pharmacology and toxicology.

“The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers who are having a significant impact on the research community as evidenced by the rate at which their work is being cited by their peers,” said David Pendlebury, head of research analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. “These individuals are helping to transform human ingenuity into our world’s greatest breakthroughs – and it is an honor to celebrate their achievements.”

The 2022 rankings include 51 organizations — universities, government agencies and other entities — that are home to 26 or more highly cited researchers. UCSF tied for 19th place, along with Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis.

The list includes 6,938 individuals from 70 countries/regions. About 83 percent come from just 10 countries/regions, including 38 percent from the United States and 16 percent from mainland China.

Earlier this year, the trio were also included in's inaugural listing of Best Female Scientists in the World, a similar list featuring the top 1000 female scientists with the highest H-index.

About UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry BuildingUCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital; UCSF Medical Centers at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the San Francisco VA Health Care System; UCSF Fresno; and numerous community-based sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area.