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02-29-2016

Clarkson University's Michelle Meyer Appointed to APA Commission on Ethics Processes

Clarkson University's Michelle Meyer has been appointed to the American Psychological Association's (APA) Commission on Ethics Processes.

Michelle MeyerMeyer, an assistant professor of bioethics and director of bioethics policy, has been selected as one of 17 distinguished psychologists and ethics experts from other disciplines to serve on a special commission to review the APA's ethics processes and procedures.

This blue-ribbon panel was formed after an independent review found there was undisclosed coordination between some APA officials and military psychologists. This resulted in ethical guidance for psychologists in national security settings that was no less restrictive than the United States Department of Defense interrogation guidelines.

The commission is charged with evaluating and recommending changes to APA's ethics processes, such as educative and adjudicative functions, potential conflicts in human rights considerations, assessment of current policies, and practices and procedures of the ethics office.

"The commission will review APA’s educative and adjudicative functions related to ethics; potential conflicts in human rights considerations; and current policies, practices and procedures of the Ethics Office," APA President Susan H. McDaniel said. "Further, the commission has been charged with benchmarking APA's Ethics Office processes with the ethics processes of other professional associations."

The commission is expected to complete its work in 2016. A progress report is planned for the August 2016 board and council meetings, with a final report planned for the February 2017 meetings of the APA board of directors, council leadership team and council of representatives.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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