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

July 31, 2015

July 30, 2015 

APA informs leaders of key congressional committees about the findings of the Independent Review Report.

July 29, 2015

July 24, 2015

  • Letter to APA members[32] (PDF, 89KB)

    APA President-elect Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP, and APA Past President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, send letter to APA members requesting recommendation for action.

July 21, 2015

July 11, 2015

July 10, 2015

July 2, 2015

Attorney David H. Hoffman delivers the Independent Review Report relating to APA ethics guidelines, national security interrogations and torture, pursuant to the Nov. 12, 2014, resolution of the APA Board of Directors.

June 10, 2015

May 2, 2015

Dec. 23, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 14, 2014

Dec. 10, 2014

Dec. 9, 2014

Nov. 12, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

March 15, 2014

March 7, 2014

Feb. 27, 2014

APA informs key federal and congressional officials of updates regarding APA policy related to detainee welfare and the role of psychologists in national security settings.

Feb. 20, 2014

Jan. 23, 2014

Dec. 20, 2013

  • APA writes to inform President Barack Obama of new unified APA policy[33] related to detainee welfare and the work of psychologists in national security settings.

July 31, 2013

Dec. 5, 2011

Dec. 1, 2011

July 25, 2011

  • Comments and Feedback Requested on the Responses of the APA Ethics Committee to Questions, Comments, and Vignettes Regarding APA Policy on the Role of Psychologists in National Security-Related Activities (PDF, 6.74MB)

June 30, 2010

June 21, 2010

June 1, 2010

Feb. 20, 2010

Dec. 14, 2009

Aug. 5, 2009

July 31, 2009

June 18, 2009

June 4, 2009

May 28, 2009

May 15, 2009

April 22, 2009

March 2009

  • APA Central Office, at the Direction of the Council of Representatives, Forwards the Report of the APA Presidential Advisory Group on the Implementation of the Petition Resolution to Relevant Boards and Committees for Their Review and Appropriate Action

Feb. 21, 2009

Feb. 20, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009

December 2008

Nov. 14-15, 2008

November 2008

Oct. 6, 2008

Oct. 2, 2008

October 2008

Sept. 17, 2008

Aug. 16, 2008

June 2008

April 2008

Feb. 15, 2008

Feb. 4, 2008

Nov. 6, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

Sept. 21, 2007

Aug. 20, 2007

Aug. 17-20, 2007

Aug. 19, 2007

July 18, 2007

Jan. 9, 2007

Sept. 21, 2006 

September 2006

Aug. 10, 2006

Aug. 9, 2006

July 2006

April 2006

Oct. 28, 2005 

APA supports U.S. Sen. John McCain’s amendment to the FY 2006 Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill calling for the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of U.S. detainees and for uniform standards for interrogation. 

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