Stephen Breuning – fake research on drug therapy in mentally retarded children led to the first US criminal conviction for research fraud.

Overview Stephen Breuning was a psychologist and one-time clinical director of the Polk Center in Polk, Pennsylvania. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he published data which purported to show that stimulant drugs like Ritalin were more effective and had less side effects than tranquilizers when treating mentally retarded children with hyperactivity. These findings…