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.
APA Monitor on Psychology
Predatory publishers are increasingly targeting psychologists and other social scientists. (April 2016)
Five ways to avoid malpractice
Experts share the most common pitfalls that make practitioners vulnerable to malpractice claims and licensing board complaints — and how to avoid them. (March 2016)
Protecting patient privacy when the court calls
Psychologists are obligated to protect their clients’ records. (July 2016)
New threats to client privacy
Protecting clients’ privacy is clearly one of psychologists’ top ethical priorities. (January 2016)
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.
Activities and initiatives in research ethics by APA's Science Directorate.