Two McMaster researchers named in top two of Research.com ranking


Two McMaster experts have been named the top researchers in Canada in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities by Research.com.  

Michael Boyle, Professor Emeritus in the Psychology and Behavioural Neurosciences Department, topped Research.com’s list of active researchers in Canada. Boyle has made significant contributions to the field of child health and is best known for conducting the Ontario Child Health Study, the first long-term study of children and families in Canada.  

Henry Giroux, a researcher and McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English & Cultural Studies, has been named the second most prolific researcher in Canada. Much of Giroux’s research pertains to the war on youth, neoliberal politics, and the necessity of public intellectualism. A prolific writer, Giroux has written more than 70 books throughout his career.   

Research.com is an academic platform that identifies and ranks the top researchers from across the globe according to their number of publications and citations. The rankings are informed by h-index data that analyzes the works of researchers published on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic.  

In addition to Michael Boyle and Henry Giroux, seven additional McMaster University researchers placed in the top 100 in Canada. The researchers that round out the list are: 

David Feeny (9): 

David Feeny is a Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department. Feeny’s research interests include health economics, quality-of-life, and health services research.  

John Lavis (13): 

John Lavis is a professor of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact. Lavis focuses on using research evidence to strengthen health and social systems for the people that need them most.  

Cheryl Missiuna (48): 

Cheryl Missiuna is a Professor Emeritus in the Rehabilitation Science Department. Missiuna’s work focuses on using research-based services to assist children with disabilities.  

James Dunn (53): 

James Dunn is a professor in the Department of Health, Aging & Society and Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments. Dunn researches the ways in which built environments affect the mental and physical health and well-being of the population.  

Julia Abelson (76): 

Julia Abelson is a professor in the Department of Health Evidence and Impact. Abelson’s research focuses on public engagement in health system governance and policy decision-making.  

Antonio Páez (94): 

Antonio Páez is a professor in the School of Earth, Environment & Society. Páez’s areas of interest include accessibility, aging and mobility, and health geography.  

Allison Williams (96): 

Allison Williams is a professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences. Williams is a social geographer with a particular interest in quality of life and caregiver-employees.  

The full world rankings from Research.com can be found here and the Canadian-specific rankings can be found here.