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About Charles W. Lidz

Charles W. Lidz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has a long history of empirical research on bioethical issues. This began with the first NIH funded study on informed consent in the 1980s. Shortly thereafter, in collaboration with his colleagues, he published the initial paper on therapeutic misconception. In the 90s, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he published a series of studies on coercion in treatment decision-making that established the MacArthur Perceived Coercion Scale as the major method of studying coercion in research and treatment decisions. Thereafter, with funding from NIH, he undertook the first effort to systematically study the frequency of therapeutic misconception in clinical research consents. A subsequent study of therapeutic misconception among clinical researchers and its consequences for research integrity was recently published. His current research concerns decision-making in institutional review boards (IRBs) and their role in regulating research. He is also working on his NIH Challenge grant to study the blurring of the boundaries between research and clinical care in clinical trials.


Present Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Ziedonis Career Mentoring Award, UMass Dept. of Psychiatry (2013)
  • Fisher Helfenbein Award, Genesis Club for outstanding leadership (2012)
  • Listed in Who's Who in Medical Sciences Education (2005)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2002 - )
  • Listed in Who's Who in America (1994 - )
  • Listed in Who's Who in the East (1990 - )
  • Invited testimony before the Commission on the Evaluation of Pain of the Social Security Administration (1985)
  • Invited testimony before the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1981)

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, Massachusetts 01655
(508) 856-8716


Articles (3)

Recent Works (7)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (1)

Coercion (15)