Dr. James Jaccard Ranked 2nd Among Social Work Scholars Worldwide
By NYU Silver Communications OfficeOct 11, 2023
In a testament to the scholarly impact of NYU Silver faculty through the years, Professor Emeritus James Jaccard ranks second among social work scholars worldwide for lifetime productivity, quality, and impact, according to ScholarGPS’ Highly Ranked Scholars 2022.
Dr. Jaccard is one of the foremost experts in applied research on decision making and attitude change, and was involved in the seminal work on the influential Theory of Reasoned Action. His research applies decision, attitude, and communication theory to the alleviation of social problems, particularly adolescent and young adult problem behaviors related to unintended pregnancy, mental health, and substance use. His work on how people make decisions and factors that impact good and poor decision making has been applied across multiple substantive domains. Dr. Jaccard also has an extensive background and publishing track record in psychometrics and the measurement of implicit and unconscious bias. His influential book on theory construction emphasizes creative thinking processes scientists can use to think about social problems in new and different ways.
The rankings were based on an extensive worldwide review of lifetime impact and productivity for scholars, both active and retired, in academic and non-academic institutions. The ranking methodology was developed by distinguished scholars and academic leaders with an emphasis on completeness, transparency, and objectivity. The author of 13 books, 33 book chapters and nearly 260 journal articles, Dr. Jaccard was estimated by ScholarsGPS to have had his work cited in other publications over 25,000 times.
ScholarGPS’ complete analysis of highly ranked scholars can be found on the company’s website. The company harnesses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other data science techniques to rank scholars and institutions around the world.