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Professor leads next revision of association's ethics code

Kristen B. Morales

February 8, 2018

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A University of Georgia College of Education professor will lead the latest effort to evaluate and revise the American Psychological Association's ethics code.

Linda Campbell, a professor in the UGA College of Education's department of counseling and human development services, has been named the chair of the 11-person committee charged with the first major revision to the APA's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" in 15 years. Members of the task force include faculty and professionals in private practice from across the country.

The task force was chosen by the American Psychological Association's Ethics Committee and approved by the organization's board of directors. After receiving public comment, the task force will report its findings and recommendations to the Ethics Committee, which will forward a final version to the APA's Council of Representatives.

This update is an opportunity to set the course for the organization for years to come, said APA president Jessica Henderson Daniel in a news release from the organization. "The task force is charged with creating a code that is transformational and that remains a leading resource regarding ethics for psychological science, education and practice while retaining those aspects of our Ethics Code that serve the public and our discipline and profession well," she added.