APA Names Members of Commission on Ethics Processes

Panel to review all relevant policies, procedures

WASHINGTON — The Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association has selected 17 distinguished psychologists and ethics experts from other disciplines to serve on a special commission to review all of the association’s ethics processes and procedures.

The commission is co-chaired by Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, and Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, a past president of APA (2011) and a private practitioner in Austin, Texas.

The APA Council of Representatives approved the establishment of a commission to evaluate and recommend changes to APA's ethics processes as part of its adoption last August of a policy prohibiting psychologists from participating in national security investigations.

“The commission will review APA’s educative and adjudicative functions related to ethics; potential conflicts in human rights considerations; and current policies, practices and procedures of the Ethics Office,” said APA President Susan H. McDaniel, PhD. “Further, the commission has been charged with benchmarking APA's Ethics Office processes with the ethics processes of other professional associations.”

The commission is expected to complete its work in 2016. A progress report is planned for the August 2016 Board and Council meetings, with a final report planned for the February 2017 meetings of the APA Board of Directors, Council Leadership Team and Council of Representatives.

Other members of the Commission on Ethics Processes:

Anita L. Allen, PhD, JD
Vice Provost for Faculty
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law
and Professor of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania

Armand Cerbone, PhD, ABPP
Independent Practice

Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP
Independent Practice
Tucson, Arizona

Rebecca Gordon, PhD
Philosophy Department
University of San Francisco

Paula J.J.M. Hagenaars
Director of C5, Center for Counseling and Cross-Cultural Communication
EFPA Board of Human Rights
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Suzanne Holland, PhD
John B. Magee Professor of Science & Values
Professor of Religion & Honors
University of Puget Sound

Heather Hunter, PhD
Brown University–Warren Alpert Medical School
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Bradly Hospital–Pediatric Partial Program

Scott Y.H. Kim, MD, PhD
Department of Bioethics
Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health

Michelle N. Meyer, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioethics
Union Graduate College and Clarkson University
Director of Bioethics Policy, Clarkson University –
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program

Vivian Ota Wang, PhD
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health

Steven J. Reisner, PhD
Independent Practice
New York City

Leonard S. Rubenstein, JD
Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Erica H. Wise, PhD
Clinical Professor and Director of Psychological Services
Department of Psychology Community Clinic
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Linda Woolf, PhD
Professor, Psychology and International Human Rights
Webster University

Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities
University of Colorado

Board of Directors Liaisons

Jennifer Kelly, PhD
Independent Practice

Richard McGraw, PhD
Independent Practice
San Angelo, Texas

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.