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Ethical Practice Committee


Committee Members:

Wendy Lebowitz, PhD   
Charles Silverstein, PhD   
Leslie Verter, PhD   
John Northman, PhD   
William Picker, PhD   
Mark Sandberg, PhD   


The role of the Committee on Ethical Practice of the New York State Psychological Association is educational and serves NYSPA members only. The committee responds to members' inquiries regarding matters of ethics, publishes articles regarding ethics, and initiates workshops and seminars sponsored by the Association involving ethics.

Contact Information:

All inquiries on matters of ethics should be directed to NYSPA Central Office (518-437-1040). A staff member will forward your name and telephone number to a member of the Committee on Ethical Practice, who will return your call within 48 hours.


The information provided by members of NYSPA’s Committee on Ethical Practice is designed to help NYSPA members better understand ethical issues arising out of the practice of psychology and their implications; and, to provide information related to other sources that can be helpful in dealing with potential ethical problems.

The information provided by members of NYSPA’s Committee on Ethical Practice should not be relied on as legal advice, because it does not constitute a legal opinion and it is not a substitute for consultation with an attorney or with a representative from your liability (malpractice) insurance carrier.

If you have questions about the laws, rules, and regulations governing the profession of psychology, you should consult the New York State Board for Psychology.

NYSPA does not adjudicate complaints made against psychologists. If you have an ethical complaint against a licensed psychologist, you can and may wish to contact the Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association for information on how to file a complaint.

If you have a complaint of professional misconduct against a licensed psychologist providing services in New York you should contact the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions.