08/01/2014 02:28 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU Psychology Professor and Distinguished Research Master Johnny Matson was named to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for his work in the social sciences.
The list includes scientific researchers whose published work is among the most cited papers from 2002 to 2012 – ranking in the top one percent for their subject field and year of publication.
“These top researchers around the globe have earned their distinction by publishing
the highest number of research articles that rank among those most frequently cited
by fellow researchers,” Thomson Reuters stated in announcing the ranking. “They are
the people who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing
work that their peers recognize as vital to the advancement of their science. These
researchers are, undoubtedly, among the most influential scientific minds of our time.”
Matson’s research focuses on the development, assessment and treatment of co-morbid
conditions in developmental and intellectual disabilities. He is currently researching
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, a group of developmental disabilities that can cause
significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
“I have pretty much had a life-long interest in trying to help people with autism
spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities,” Matson said. “Overall, the focus
of what I have tried to do is make researchers and clinicians aware that these co-morbid
disorders exist, that they can be systematically and accurately diagnosed and that
systematic methods are available to monitor the effects of drug and psychologically
Matson, who has been a faculty member of LSU since 1985, earned a master’s degree
in counseling psychology from Eastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in counseling
psychology from Indiana State University. In addition to research and teaching, Matson
is the editor-in-chief of three journals: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research
in Developmental Disabilities and the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
For more information on Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” visit http://thomsonreuters.com/articles/2014/worlds-most-influential-scientific-minds-2014.
Posted on Friday, August 1, 2014