The #FakeItCulture and #PublishOrPerish strikes again! Top German psychologist fabricated data, investigation finds!

German psychologist Hans-Ulrich Wittchen is accused of fabricating data in a survey of psychiatry clinics. MITTENZWEI KARL/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/BERLINER ZEITUNG

Top German psychologist fabricated data, investigation finds

By Hristio Boytchev Apr. 8, 2021 , 4:00 AM

Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, one of Germany’s top psychologists and an expert in treating anxiety and phobias, is not shy about promoting himself. His email signature says he is a “highly cited researcher,” and with good reason. He has almost 1000 articles to his name, according to the Web of Science, and has racked up nearly 70,000 citations. He is an editor of Germany’s diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders—the bible of clinical psychology—and until 2017, he led a psychology research institute at the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden).

Yet his reputation is under fire after an investigation into one of his studies found evidence of manipulation—and elaborate efforts to cover up the misdeed. The investigation report, turned over to TU Dresden in February and obtained by Science, also shows Wittchen intimidated whistleblowers and pressured senior TU Dresden staff. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), a public health organization, is suing the company it paid to do the study. And the Dresden public prosecutor’s office is now investigating criminal charges related to the study.

Read more from the source here: Science magazine

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