Six IMPACT researchers named among world’s most influential

Deakin’s IMPACT Celebrates six Researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2021 List.

IMPACT is proud to announce that six of our academics have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2021 list from Clarivate. Nine of the 332 Australian researchers named as highly cited are from Deakin – the highest number for the University researchers included on the list since it began in 2013.


Professor Michael Berk – Psychiatry and Psychology







IMPACT Director Prof Berk, who was recently elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences, is a world authority in psychiatry research, Australia’s most highly cited neuroscientist, and Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health. He is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and project lead on the $12M MRFF-funded Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trial Network (MAGNET).

This is Prof Berk’s fifth appearance on the highly cited list, and Thompson Reuters has previously named him as amongst the world’s most influential scientific minds (2015- 2019). In 2019, he was awarded Victoria’s highest scientific honour, the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Life Sciences). Professor Berk has published more than 1300 papers and holds grants from the National Institutes of Health (US), MRFF, NHMRC CRE and Project Grants, ARC Hub and Stanley Medical Research Institute amongst others.


Professor Alison R. Yung – Psychiatry and Psychology






Theme Leader – Mental Health Disorders and Neuroscience

Prof Yung is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Theme Lead for Mental Health and Neurosciences at IMPACT and Consultant Psychiatrist at Barwon Health. She has been involved in schizophrenia and early psychosis, in both clinical and research fields, since 1993. The instrument she created to assess risk for psychosis, the Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental States (CAARMS) has been translated into 18 languages and is used throughout the world, both for clinical and research purposes.

Her work in transforming service delivery for people with early psychosis has been recognised by the receipt of the Outstanding Translational Research Award in 2020 and the Richard J Wyatt Award for exceptional contributions to the area of early intervention in psychosis in 2010. In 2014 and 2016, Prof Yung was named as one of the ‘world’s most influential scientific minds’ by Thomson Reuters and in 2019 she was awarded the Founders’ Medal by the Society for Mental Health Research, recognising her career achievements in research. This is her seventh consecutive appearance on the Clarivate Highly Cited list.


Dr Andre F. Carvalho – Psychiatry and Psychology

Honorary Researcher

Dr Carvalho is an honorary researcher at IMPACT with expertise in evidence-based mental health, reproducibility in neuroscience, consultation-liaison psychiatry and mood and psychotic disorders. His main areas of research interest are in mood disorders, the reciprocal interactions between severe mental disorders and somatic conditions, evidence-based psychiatry and meta-research.

Across his diverse career he has published over 550 journal articles and co-edited six books in psychiatry, including three published by Oxford University Press. He was first included in the Highly Cited list last year.


Professor Felice Jacka – Cross-Field






Theme Leader – Food and Mood

Prof Jacka leads Deakin’s Food and Mood Centre and is credited as both the founder and a world-leading expert in nutritional psychiatry. She is also founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR), immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders, and a NHMRC Investigator Fellow. She led the internationally recognised SMILEs Trial, a 2012-2015 study into dietary improvement as a treatment for clinical depression, and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2021.

Eleven years from PhD conferment, Prof Jacka has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, the majority in high-impact journals in the mental health field. She is listed in the top ten most highly-cited researchers in mood disorders in Australia (Scopus) and entered the Clarivate most highly cited list for the first time in 2020.


Associate Professor Olivia Dean – Cross-Field






Theme Leader – Clinical Trials and Interventions

A/Prof Dean is a R.D. Wright NHMRC Biomedical Career Development Fellow and Director of TRIALS and holds honorary appointments with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Barwon Health. Her research focuses on the novel interventions and the underlying biology of psychiatric disorders, and she is committed to providing better treatment outcomes by developing new treatments and ensuring research outcomes are directly translated into clinical practice.

A/Prof Dean was a 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist – Victoria Public Sector and Academia and won the Biological Psychiatry Australia Conference 2021 Best Paper Award. She is currently involved in clinical trials of novel therapies for psychiatric disorders and first entered the Highly Clarivate list in 2019 where she has consecutively been named since.


Dr Michael Maes – Neuroscience and Behaviour 

The work of Dr. Maes covers the supra-multi-disciplinary field of “pathway and drug discovery processes” in neuro-psychiatric disorders. Dr. Maes’s research is focused on biomarkers and pathways of psychiatric disorders, such as major depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and (neuro-)immune disorders, including Parkinson’s disorder, multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosus, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Maes has published over 900 journal articles. He is a world-class expert having given more than 300 lectures at different international symposia. 

He first entered the Highly Cited list in 2001 and he has consecutively been named since. 


The Highly Cited Researchers™ list

This list proudly demonstrates the diverse range of researchers and gender equality within IMPACT. Currently, six out of the nine Highly Cited Researchers at Deakin University are members of IMPACT.

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate. It also uses the tallies to identify the countries and research institutions where these citation elite are based.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Alfred Deakin Professor Julie Owens says the inclusion of the researchers on the Highly Cited list indicates their research is having a world-wide impact.

“More than ever before, the world needs to recognise and celebrate the leading minds that are generating essential knowledge for the future of our world and our health,” she said.

“This ranking is evidence that our researchers’ important work is having an influence in the communities we serve.”

“This ranking is evidence that our researchers’ important work is having an influence in the communities we serve.”

– Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Alfred Deakin Professor Julie Owens

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “It is increasingly important for nations and institutions to recognise and support the exceptional researchers who are driving the expansion of the world’s knowledge.”

“This list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers IMPACT 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. The research they have contributed is fueling the innovation, sustainability, health and security that is key for our society’s future.”

The full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here