Environmental Factors Predictive of Misbehavior in Collaborative Health Research

  • Grant

    NIH National Center for Research Resources
    09/25/2009 – 08/30/2011

  • Key Personnel

    • James M. DuBois, DSc, PhD
      Principal Investigator
    • Emily Anderson, PhD, MPH
    • John Chibnall, PhD


Misbehavior in health research—such as fabricating research data, fraudulent billing, or withholding information about known risks from research participants—adversely affects the health care economy and undermines patient trust, which in turn contributes to health disparities and reluctance to enroll in clinical trials. This project used historiometric methods to identify environmental factors that predict severe misbehavior in collaborative health research.


DuBois, J.M., Carroll, K., Gibb, T., Kraus, E., Rubelke, T., Vasher, M., & Anderson, E.E. (2012). Environmental factors contributing to wrongdoing in medicine: A criterion-based review studies and cases. Ethics and Behavior. 22(3): 163-188.

DuBois, J.M., Kraus, E., & Vasher, M. (2012). The development of a taxonomy of wrongdoing in medical practice and research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 42(1): 89-98.

DuBois, J.M. et al. (2013). Understanding the severity of wrongdoing in healthcare delivery and research: Lessons learned from a historiometric study of 100 cases. American Journal of Bioethics, Primary Research. 4(3): 39-48.

DuBois, J.M., Anderson, E.E., Chibnall, J., Carroll, K., Gibb, T., Ogbuka, C., & Rubbelke, T. (2013). Understanding research misconduct: A comparative analysis of 120 cases of professional wrongdoing. Accountability in Research. 20(5-6): 320-338.