A former University of Utah autism researcher has been awarded $760,000 in damages after she claimed she was terminated in retaliation for reporting research misconduct.

Judith Zimmerman, an assistant professor the psychiatry department at the University of Utah from 2005 to 2013, was granted $135,000 for emotional distress damages and $625,000 for the university’s breach of contract before June 30, 2013, according to the verdict form filed Oct. 22 in the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake County.

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