TV Psychiatrist With Caribbean Roots Faces Plagiarism Charge

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: Popular British television shrink, Dr. Raj Persaud, who was born in Reading to a Trinidadian mother and Guyanese father, is being investigated over claims that he copied the work of a U.S. psychiatrist.

British media reports indicate Persaud, 42, who became famous for his appearances on the ‘This Morning’ sofa on ITV, allegedly used the work of US academic Thomas Blass in a British Medical Journal article he wrote. He reportedly did not cite the source.

His bosses at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust say they are investigating the claim and the recent article was retracted. It involved a review of a biography of social psychologist Stanley Milgram, which was done for the British Medical Journal.

It comes on the heels of a second incident that occurred in September, according to the British Guardian newspaper. Persaud, the brother of top British economist Avinash Persaud, had his writings in the Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry journal also pulled because portions were copied from Blass’ work.

He blamed the error then, according to the Guardian, on a “cutting and pasting error.” The doctor has also denied the latest accusation, calling it ““wholly unfounded,” according to the Sun.

Persaud is the youngest doctor to be appointed as a consultant psychiatrist at the prestigious Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals. On his website, he claims to hold eight degrees and diplomas and to have been recognized “for his specialist work with a number of distinguished international academic awards including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Prize and Medal in 1993 and the Morris Markowe Prize for Public Education in 2005.”

He also was recently honored by being elected a fellow of the University College London and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Persaud says he has published over one hundred research papers in academic journals such as the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and the British Journal of Psychiatry but the recent allegation makes them all questionable.

He also writes for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New Statesman, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, The New Statesman and Prospect as well as The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, New Scientist and The Times Higher Education Supplement. And is the presenter of ‘All in the Mind’,’ a BBC Radio 4 production. In March this year, he released his new book titled, “The Motivated Mind.” –