Simon Schwab

Simon Schwab, Dr.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: 44976


Short Biography

Simon Schwab is a postdoctoral fellow with Leonhard Held at the Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) and the Department of Biostatistics of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI).

Simon completed a master’s degree in psychology (major) and computer science (minor) as well as a PhD in Health Science at the University of Bern. He was an SNF mobility fellow at the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick (2016-2017) and the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford (2017-2018). He is passionate about the reproducibility and the highest standards in data analysis.

Main Activities

Research Projects

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


  • Audrey Yeo (StwF funding)
  • Giuachin Kreiliger (MSc thesis in biostatistics, 2019)
  • Various students in the module "Statistical Consulting"

Current Funding

I receive funding from StwF for my project "Computational infrastructure to foster open and reproducible reanalysis of scientific data (FORRESD). The address of the server is and is available for research projects to build large scale databases for meta-research.

Preprints (not peer-reviewed)

  1. van Zwet, E., Schwab, S., & Senn, S. (2020). The statistical properties of RCTs and a proposal for shrinkage. arXiv. arXiv:2011.15004
  2. Lund, M. J., Alnæs, D., Rokicki, J., Schwab, S., Andreassen, O. A., Westlye, L. T., & Kaufmann, T. (2020). Age-differences in information flow in executive and sensorimotor brain networks during childhood and adolescence. medRxiv, 2020.10.09.20207936. doi:10.1101/2020.10.09.20207936
  3. Schwab, S., Giuachin, K., & Held, L. (2020). Assessing treatment effects and publication bias across different specialties in medicine: a large empirical study of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. MetaArXiv. doi:10.31222/

Recent Publications (peer-reviewed)


  1. Schwab, S., & Held, L. (in press). Statistical programming: small mistake, big impact. Significance. doi:10.31219/
  2. Gau, R., Noble, S., Heuer, K., Bottenhorn, K. L., Bilgin, I. P., Yang, Y.-F., Huntenburg, J. M., Bayer, J. M. M., Bethlehem, R. A., Rhoads, S. A., et al. (in press). Brainhack: developing a culture of open, inclusive, community-driven neuroscience. Neuron doi:10.31234/
  3. Soravia, L. M., Schwab, S., Walther, S., & Müller, T. (2020). Rescuers at Risk: Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Among Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Ambulance Personnel, and Emergency and Psychiatric Nurses. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 602064. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.602064


  1. Held, L., Pawel, S., & Schwab, S. (2020). Replication power and regression to the mean. Significance. 17(6), 10–11. doi:10.1111/1740-9713.01462
  2. Schwab, S., Afyouni, S., Chen, Y., Han, Z., Guo, Q., Dierks, T., Wahlund, L.-O., & Grieder, M. (2020). Functional Connectivity Alterations of the Temporal Lobe and Hippocampus in Semantic Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 76(4), 1461–1475. doi:10.3233/JAD-191113
  3. Schwab, S., & Held, L. (2020). Science after Covid‐19: Faster, better, stronger? Significance, 17(4), 8–9. doi:10.1111/1740-9713.01415
  4. Lund, M. J., Alnaes, D., Schwab, S., van der Meer, D., Andreassen, O. A., Westlye, L. T., & Kaufmann, T. (2020). Differences in directed functional brain connectivity related to age, sex and mental health. Human Brain Mapping, 41, 4173–4186. doi:10.1002/hbm.25116
  5. 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
  6. Schwab, S., & Held, L. (2020). Different worlds: confirmatory versus exploratory research. Significance, 17(2), 8–9. doi:10.1111/1740-9713.01369
  7. Held, L., & Schwab, S. (2020). Improving the reproducibility of science. Significance, 17(1), 10–11. doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2020.01351.x
  8. 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

See Simon Schwab in PubMed or Google Scholar for more publications.