Simon Schwab

Simon Schwab, Dr.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: 44976

Short Biography
I joined the Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) at the EBPI as a postdoctoral fellow in November 2018. Before coming to Zurich, I was an SNF mobility fellow at Warwick University (Dept. of Statistics) and Oxford University (Big Data Institute) to develop methods for functional brain connectivity. I completed a master’s degree in psychology (major) and computer science (minor) as well as a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Bern. My main expertise is methods in psychiatry research, for example, analysis of neuroimaging data, or the development of novel methods to study brain connectivity.

Main Responsibilities
My main responsibilities are teaching courses in Good Research Practice across faculties. I organize a journal club related to reproducible research named ReproducibiliTea, and I teach biostatistics at medical school. I'm currently writing a series Reproducibility Notes in the magazine Significance.

Research Projects
My current research projects and preregistered study protocols are listed below.

  1.  Assessing publication bias in clinical trials across different specialties in medicine
  2. Investigating the appropriate use of ANCOVA in medicine, neuroscience and psychology

Recent Publications
Gysin-Maillart, A., Soravia, L., & Schwab, S. (2020). Attempted suicide short intervention program influences coping among patients with a history of attempted suicide. Journal of Affective Disorders, 264, 393–399. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.059 

Held, L., & Schwab, S. (2020). Improving the reproducibility of science. Significance, 17(1), 10–11. doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2020.01351.x

Schwab, S., Federspiel, A., Morishima, Y., Nakataki, M., Strik, W., Wiest, R., Heinrichs, M., de Quervain, D., & Soravia, L. M. (2020). Glucocorticoids and cortical decoding in the phobic brain. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 300, 111066. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2020.111066

Schwab, S., & Held, L. (2020). Science in the face of Covid-19: faster, better, stronger? Retrieved May 12, 2020, from

Schwab, S., & Held, L. (2020). Different worlds: confirmatory versus exploratory research. Significance, 17(2), 8–9. doi:10.1111/1740-9713.01369

See Simon Schwab in PubMed for more publications.