University of Rochester

Psychology Journal Based in Rochester Ranked No. 1 in its Field

February 23, 2005

Development and Psychopathology, a scholarly journal in developmental psychology, has been ranked first in its field with regard to the journal’s impact. Articles in the journal are the most highly cited and most influential in the field.

The ranking by Journal Citation Reports, a publication of the Institute for Scientific Information, periodically rates journals by various factors to show their impact among professionals in many specialties.

“These rankings demonstrate the enormous influence articles published in Development and Psychopathology have had on the field of developmental psychology,” said Dante Cicchetti, editor of the journal and the Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. “The high impact of Development and Psychopathology is even more impressive when one considers that the first issue was published in 1989, making the journal significantly less established than others evaluated.”

Tracking the number of citations is an important indicator of how frequently current researchers are using the literature published in scientific journals, said Cicchetti.

Cicchetti, who was the founder of Development and Psychopathology, also is director of Mt. Hope Family Center. The center offers intervention and conducts research with the goal of preventing mental illness and promoting positive relationships between parents and children. Mt. Hope Family Center is affiliated with the University’s Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology.