Timeline of American Psychological Association Policies and Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security

Jan. 8, 2016

The Department of Defense responds[14]  (PDF, 290KB) to the  Oct. 28, 2015, letter[15]  (PDF, 32KB) from APA President Barry S. Anton, PhD, ABPP, and former APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, which detailed APA’s new policy that includes a prohibition against the involvement of psychologists in national security interrogations.

Nov. 9, 2015

November 2015

APA Ethics Committee updates 2009 Statement: No Defense to Torture Under the APA Ethics Code.

Oct. 28, 2015

Oct. 16, 2015

  • Letter to Members of the American MENA Community[28] (PDF, 214KB)

    APA President Barry S. Anton, PhD, ABPP, writes a letter in response to the Aug. 14, 2015, open letter to APA and the psychological community from the American Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) Psychological Network.

Sept. 25, 2015

Sept. 12, 2015

  • Follow Up Letter to the International Community[29]  

    APA Past President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, and President-elect Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, ABPP, send an email message to the international psychological community on behalf of APA regarding APA actions in response to the findings of the Hoffman Report.

Sept. 4, 2015

Attorney David H. Hoffman delivers a revised version of the original July 2, 2015, Independent Review Report relating to APA ethics guidelines, national security interrogations and torture, with an errata sheet detailing revisions to the report.

Aug. 19, 2015

Aug. 14, 2015

  • Open Letter[30] (PDF, 297KB)

    Members of the American Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) Psychological Network send an open letter to APA and the psychological community regarding “events spanning the past decade” that were documented in the Hoffman Report.

  • Member Letter[31]

    APA President-elect Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, ABPP, and Past President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, send an email to all APA members announcing results of APA’s Council of Representatives’ deliberations at the APA 2015 Annual Convention in Toronto.

Aug. 7, 2015

APA Council of Representatives votes 157-1 to prohibit psychologists from participating in national security interrogations.

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