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NYSPA Reponse to Hoffman Report

Dear NYSPA Members:

NYSPA's Response to the Hoffman Report
Please read the NYSPA response to the Hoffman Report.

On Thursday July 16, 2015 in an e-blast and on Friday July 17, 2015 on the Friday Flash I posted NYSPA's official response to the Hoffman Report. You can read my response here.

If you are not familiar with this issues please read this brief background.

On July 10, 2015 James Risen, in a front page New York Times article, made pubic for the first time the results of an independent review of allegations that the American Psychological Association worked with the Department of Defense to modify APA's code of ethics that would enable psychologists to be involved in enhanced interrogations and torture.

The report concluded that the make-up of the committee set up to study the involvement of psychologists in this type of interrogation was stacked in favor of supporting the needs of the Pentagon. The report, known as the Hoffman Report, was commissioned by the APA. The report made other startling revelations about the behind the scenes activities of the APA. The APA then officially released the report to the public as well as five volumes of documents used in the report.

Since this report became public a number of APA executive leaders are leaving or have left including Dr. Norman Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Michael Honaker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Rhea K. Farberman, APA’s Executive Director for Public and Member Communications and Stephen Behnke, the Director of the APA Ethics Office.

You can read the entire Hoffman Report, the five volumes of backup documentation, the press releases and post your own comments by visiting the APA webpage dedicated to this topic.

American Psychological Association
Report of the Independent Reviewer and Related Materials
Leonard Davidman, PhD
President, New York State Psychological Association