(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Catherine Hawes, Ph.D, and Charles Phillips, Ph.D., M.P.H., faculty members at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, were recently recognized as among the top 250 most frequently cited researchers in the field of general social sciences.

ISIHighlyCited.com lists researchers from around the world who have been cited the most times in publications from 1984 to 2003. All research is divided among 21 categories, including social sciences, life sciences, medicine, engineering and others. Each category then contains the 250 most cited researchers for that category.

Researchers listed in ISIHighlyCited.com represent about one-half of 1 percent of all researchers publishing in professional journals. Drs. Hawes and Phillips are the only faculty in the Texas A&M University System recognized for their work in general social sciences.

Drs. Hawes and Phillips are professors in the Department of Health Policy and Management at HSC-SRPH and internationally recognized researchers in the field of long-term care, contributing a wealth of information to the scientific and healthcare communities. Both are recent recipients of the Public Service Award from the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, and Dr. Hawes was named Regents Professor by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

“It is quite satisfying to learn that other scholars are using our work so frequently,” Dr. Phillips said. “Citations are, of course, just one of a variety of measures of one’s contributions to a field. Nonetheless, it is very nice to be recognized in this way.”

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and the School of Rural Public Health.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell