Study Identifies Three NYU Silver Professors Among Most Influential Contemporary Social Work Scholars

Professors James Jaccard, Deborah K. Padgett, and Jerome C. Wakefield
Professors James Jaccard, Deborah K. Padgett, and Jerome C. Wakefield

NYU Silver Professors James JaccardDeborah K. Padgett, and Jerome C. Wakefield ranked in the top 100 contemporary social work faculty for their scholarly influence in an analysis recently published in the Journal of Social Service Research.

Authors Bruce A. Thyer, Thomas E. Smith, Philip Osteen, and Tyler Carter retrieved or calculated the H-Index citation impact for each of the 2,204 faculty members they identified at the 76 social work programs that are members of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. The H-index measures scholarly impact based on both an individual’s number of publications as well as the number of citations those publications received.

Dr. Jaccard is an expert in decision making and attitude change whose research focuses on adolescent and young adult problem behaviors. Dr. Padgett is widely known for her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods and her research on homelessness and mental health needs and service use of underserved populations. Dr. Wakefield is an authority on the intersection between philosophy and the mental health professions whose scholarly specialty is the conceptual foundations of clinical theory.

According to the study’s authors, "It is appropriate to publicly recognize these individuals for their immense contributions to academic discourse and to the intellectual life of the profession…Their works are substantive both in terms of quantity, the sheer numbers of published works, but also in terms of their quality, or utility, being used by others." The presence of three of our NYU faculty on this prestigious list is a reflection of the quality of research ongoing at the Silver School of Social Work.