Ethics are the standards that members of a profession must follow. In psychology, APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct lays out standards for psychologists and identifies behaviors that deserve punishment. The code includes sections on clinical practice, research and publication.

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

What You Can Do

  • Potential ethical violations

    Know your rights and your psychologist's responsibilities, so that you and your psychologist can work together to avoid problems.

Getting Help

APA Monitor on Psychology


Related APA Publications

APA Offices and Programs

  • APA Ethics Office

    APA's Ethics Office supports the Ethics Committee in adjudicating ethics complaints, offers educational workshops and seminars, provides ethics consultations, and serves as a resource to APA members.

  • Research Ethics

    Activities and initiatives in research ethics by APA's Science Directorate.