Thomson Reuters Names LSU Professor Among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

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 based treatments.”

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



Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, August 1, 2014