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Researcher cleared of misconduct charges

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7521.865-a (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:865
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    A US researcher who was charged with scientific misconduct after she reported that doctors and psychologists may be overdiagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in schoolchildren has been cleared of all charges.

    Gretchen LeFever, a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the department of paediatrics at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, was told earlier this year that her federally funded research was terminated and that her employment would also be terminated by the medical school after anonymous charges of scientific misconduct were filed against her (BMJ 2005;330:691).

    The school seized her computers, saying that Dr LeFever had held a research trial without getting informed consent from …

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