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APA policy statements on topics such as ethics, health care reform, and LGBT issues.
Council Policy Manual
The Council Policy Manual is a collection of policy actions taken by the APA Council of Representatives from 1960 to the present. These are official APA policies, covering issues such as convention affairs, education, ethics, ethnic minority affairs, international affairs, practice and science.
APA Council of Representatives Directs Change in its Ethics Code to Prevent So-Called Nuremberg Defense
The APA Ethics Committee has said that no defense for torture will ever be acceptable within the APA ethics adjudication process.
APA Actions to Implement the Council Resolutions Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
The American Psychological Association (APA) has undertaken several actions over the past year to implement the APA Council of Representatives resolutions against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
APA responds to news on issues relating to psychology.
- APA Letter to The New York Times, “Psychological Studies, Reassessed”
APA endorses the move toward more open science.
- Statement of APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, at a Press Conference on the Administration’s Immigrant Family Separation Policy
Evans responded on June 21, 2018, to the end of the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
- Letter to Stoneman Douglas High School
APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, offers condolences to Stoneman Douglas High School and shares psychological resources for coping in the aftermath of tragedy.
- APA President Responds to LoCicero Blog on Psychology Today
APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, addresses false premises in blog post regarding APA and the Independent Review.
- APA Letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Regarding Tim Murphy’s Claim that the Affordable Care Act Betrayed Mentally Ill
APA agrees that there should be stronger federal and state mental health parity enforcement.
- Response to Article on the American Health Care Act
The Washington Post published a letter on March 17, 2017, from APA 2017 President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, in response to its March 10, article “GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans.”
- APA Urges Trump Administration to Safeguard Standing Rock Sioux in Response to Memorandum on Dakota Access Pipeline
- Response to Article on Call to Deny Firearms to Anyone Diagnosed with a Mental Illness
The Miami Herald published a letter on Jan. 11, 2017, from APA 2017 President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, in response to its Jan. 8, 2017, article, “Airport shooter had mental health problems but no apparent tie to terrorism.”
- APA Response to an E.R. Treating Pain Patients with Opioid Alternatives
APA President Susan H. McDaniel submitted a letter to The New York Times regarding psychology's role in treatment of acute and chronic pain.
- APA Letter to Orlando Officials in Wake of Mass Shootings
APA President Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, and Allen M. Omoto, PhD, president of Div. 44, reach out to Orlando officials.
- Response to Article on Whether Therapists Should Analyze Presidential Candidates
The New York Times published a letter on March 11, 2016, from APA President Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, in response to its March 7, 2016, article, "Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates?"
- Response to Article on Whether Mass Shootings, Like Viruses, are Contagious
The Washington Post published a letter on March 13, 2016, from APA Interim CEO Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP, in response to its March 9, 2016, article, "Are mass shootings contagious?"
- Response to Article on Rethinking Solitary Confinement
The Washington Post published a letter on Jan. 28, 2016, from APA President Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, in response to its Jan. 26, 2016, opinion article, "Why we must rethink solitary confinement," by President Barack Obama.
Op-eds contributed by leaders of APA.
Gun Violence: A Public Health Problem
By Arthur C. Evans, PhD, and Clarence E. Anthony
Keep DACA and the Dreamers. They'll Make America Even Greater
By Antonio E. Puente, PhD, 2017 president of APA
Living in a World of Diverse Religions
Statement of APA Board of Directors.
The Psychology of Torture
By Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, 2014 president of APA.
Memo to Congress: Stop Fighting Scientific Research
By Patricia Klem Kobor, APA senior science policy analyst, and Angela L. Sharpe, deputy director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations.
How psychology can help Ferguson heal
By Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, 2014 president of APA, and Norman B. Anderson, PhD, CEO of APA
The Victims of Immigration Policy: Children of Broken Homes and a Broken System
By Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, 2011 president of APA, and Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights.
Task force reports relating to children and families, sexual orientation, education and many more important topics.
Psychology of Immigration 101
Report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. 2012.
Watch the latest episodes from APA's video series:
- Psychology: Science in Action
Psychology: Science in Action is a facet of APA's public education campaign aimed at illustrating the breadth and depth of psychology and the variety of settings in which psychologists work, including research, education, clinical and organizational settings
- Videos for Psychology Teachers
The APA Education Directorate and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) have provided these videos for psychology teachers to view and/or use in class as appropriate.
- Psychologists in Integrated Health Care
This series highlights how psychologists can work side-by-side with other health Professionals to improve patients’ overall well-being.
Resources for Reporters
Members of the media should use our online form to register for the APA Annual Convention in San Francisco, Aug. 9-12, 2018.