Programs and Projects

APA Ethics Committee Seeks Nominations for Member Slates

The Ethics Committee seeks nomination for three slates (Terms Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2020).

Ninth Annual APA Ethics Committee Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education

This award is given annually to an APA member psychologist who demonstrates significant and outstanding contributions to the profession of psychology through ethics education activities. Previous years’ award criteria have focused on innovation and overall significance of contributions to ethics education. 

This year’s award will recognize a psychologist whose contributions to ethics education have been primarily at the national level (as opposed to the state, provincial or territorial) level. The scope of ethics education may include applications to special populations or specific types of ethical issues.

A wide range of ethics education activities will be considered, such as presentations, courses and workshops, publications and online and other media presentations. This award is intended to recognize outstanding and innovative ethics education contributions, to promote and stimulate these activities, and to disseminate ethics education innovations.

How to Apply

Nominations and self-nominations are considered by the APA Ethics Committee each year. All nominations should be accompanied by a statement addressing how the nominee meets the award selection criteria and a copy of the nominee’s CV, highlighting ethics education and outreach activities. Nominations should be submitted electronically to the Ethics Office with the subject heading “2017 Ethics Educator Award” by Monday, May 22, 2017. The award recipient will receive a plaque and citation during the Ethics Committee’s program at the annual APA Annual Convention, in Washington, D.C. 

Individuals currently serving on the APA Ethics Committee and APA Ethics Office Staff are not eligible to receive the award and letters of recommendation will not be accepted from current Ethics Committee members and associates.

Congratulations to the 2016 Ethics Office Awardees

Mary Alice Fisher, PhD, has been selected to receive the eighth annual APA Ethics Committee Ethics Educator Award for outstanding contributions to ethics education. Read more about Fisher’s award.

Rae Anne M. Frey, MS, will receive the 2016 Graduate Student Ethics prize for her winning paper.

Revision of Ethics Code Standard 3.04

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

Review the Public Comments

The APA Ethics Committee received the following comments to Proposed Language to Revise Standard 3.04 of the Ethics Code.

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).