Cushman and Copeland Named to List of World’s Most Influential Researchers

November 20, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur

Two University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine faculty have been named to a list of the world’s most influential researchers, based on the number of times their published studies have been cited by other researchers over the past decade. Researchers on the list are in the top 1 percent of all scholars whose work has been cited. The prestigious Highly Cited Researchers list is compiled and published annually by Clarivate Analytics.

Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., (photo: Sally McCay) and William Copeland, Ph.D. (photo: medical communications)

Two University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine faculty have been named to a list of the world’s most influential researchers, based on the number of times their published studies have been cited by other researchers over the past decade. Researchers on the list are in the top 1 percent of all scholars whose work has been cited. The prestigious Highly Cited Researchers list is compiled and published annually by Clarivate Analytics.

College of Medicine faculty named to the list are Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine and of pathology and laboratory medicine, and William Copeland, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry. In addition, Taylor Ricketts, Ph.D., director of UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment, was also named to the list.

“The Highly Cited Researchers list is the gold standard for work that is making a real difference,” said Patty Prelock, Ph.D., University of Vermont provost. “We couldn’t be more proud that the research accomplishments of Drs. Copeland, Cushman, and Ricketts have earned them inclusion in this select group.”

Cushman was recognized in the Cross-Field category, which identifies researchers with substantial influence across several fields. She was also named to the Highly Cited Researchers list last year. She is an international expert on the epidemiology of coagulation, inflammation and other vascular-related domains in relation to etiology and pathogenesis of stroke, cognitive impairment, cardiovascular diseases and other diseases of aging. She conducts research and publishes as a key investigator on a number of longitudinal health studies and has been a recipient of continuous National Institutes of Health funding for more than 20 years. She also serves as the medical director of the thrombosis and hemostasis program at the UVM Medical Center and editor-in-chief of the open access journal of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis. She was awarded the American Heart Association’s Population Research Prize in 2018. Cushman leads a large research laboratory and mentors UVM graduate students in the clinical and translational science program, postdoctoral students, as well as medical students, and residents and fellows in UVM Medical Center training programs. Cushman was also named to the Highly Cited Researchers list last year.  She is also a University Scholar at UVM. 

Copeland was named in the Psychiatry and Psychology category and was previously named to the Highly Cited Researchers list in 2017. Trained as a clinical psychologist at UVM, he serves as director of research for the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families and specializes in childhood mental illness and early adversity. With support from the National Institute for Mental Health, the National Institute for Drug Abuse, the National Institute for Child Health and Development and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, his studies have resulted in more than 100 scientific publications, including Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Nature Neuroscience, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Lancet: Psychiatry, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His work has been covered in such national news outlets as Slate, the New York TimesTIME magazine and CNN. Currently, Copeland is principal investigator of the community-representative Great Smoky Mountains Study, which has been following 1420 participants in rural Appalachia for over 25 years to understand the long-term consequences of early adverse experiences. His research focuses on how childhood mental illness and other adversities compromise health and functioning across the lifespan, including how early experiences impact different biological systems. Copeland also teaches undergraduate students in the “Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies” course as part of the Behavioral Change Health Studies Minor.

The methodology that determines the high-impact researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute of Scientific Information at Clarivate Analytics. It uses Essential Science Indicators, a unique compilation of science performance metrics and trend data based on scholarly paper publication counts and citation data from the Web of Science, the premier web-based environment of scientific and scholarly research literature totaling over 33,000 journals.

View the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list


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