Programs and Projects

Call for Nominations: APA Ethics Code Task Force/Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in the call for nominations for the APA Ethics Code Task Force (ECTF). The period to submit a nomination is now closed.

We expect a final decision and announcement regarding the ECTF committee selections to be made sometime in September. We will contact candidates with final information as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this process.

Congratulations to the 2017 Ethics Office Awardees

Celia B. Fisher, PhD has been selected to receive the ninth annual APA Ethics Committee Ethics Educator Award for outstanding contributions to ethics education. Read more about Fisher's award.

Cari Beth Rosoff will receive the 2017 Ethics Committee Graduate Student Ethics Writing Prize for her winning paper, "Ethics in College Sexual Assault Research."

Two University of Missouri Columbia students will receive Honorable Mentions — Evelyn Cho for her paper, "Ethical Considerations for Psychologists Providing Treatment to Arab Americans," and Brigid Marriott for her paper, “Ethical Considerations for the Treatment of Youth in Foster Care.” Both students submitted papers for the 2017 Ethics Committee Graduate Student Ethics Writing Prize.

Revision of Ethics Code Standard 3.04

Ethics Code Standard 3.04 (Avoiding Harm) has been revised.

Interrogation Vignettes Responses

Ethics Committee Feedback on National Security Commentary

See Ethics Committee responses to questions, comments and vignettes regarding APA policy on the role of psychologists in national security-related activities.

Position on Ethics and Interrogations

The American Psychological Association's (APA) position on torture is clear and unequivocal:

Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions.

Clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy include acts such as:

  • Waterboarding
  • Sexual humiliation
  • Stress positions
  • Exploitation of phobias

Ethics Committee Statements

The APA Ethics Committee will release statements on ethical issues which will reference the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002).