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Resources for Ethics in Psychological Research

American Psychological Association (APA) 

Website Includes:

  • Introduction and Applicability
  • Preamble
  • General Principles
  • Standard 1: Resolving Ethical Issues
  • Standard 2: Competence
  • Standard 3: Human Relations
  • Standard 4: Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Standard 5: Advertising and Other Public Statements
  • Standard 6: Record Keeping and Fees
  • Standard 7: Education and Training
  • Standard 8: Research and Publication
  • Standard 9: Assessment
  • Standard 10: Therapy
  • History and Effective Date

APA's Ethics Office promotes ethics throughout the field of psychology. This office provides a wide variety of services including, educational workshops and seminars, and providing ethics consultations. You must be a member of APA to use the resources provided by this office.

Ethical Dilemmas Encountered by Members of the American Psychological Association.

Guidelines developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) for use by psychologists working with nonhuman animals.


National Institute of Health (NIH)

This website contains information relating to bioethics including education, research involving human participants and animals, medical and health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology.

Broad professional ethics topics including, writing recommendation letters, participation in grants, etc...


Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)


Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The CITI Program is a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. To participate fully, learners must be affiliated with a CITI participating organization. Topics on CITI include, guidelines for international research, internet research, prisoner research, research at the VA, and research with children.


Relevant Articles and Books:

  • On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research, Second Edition (1995) Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP)
  • Farah, M.J. (2004). Neuroethics: a guide for the perplexed. Cerebrum, 6, 29-38.
  • Keith-Spiegel, Patricia; Koocher, Gerald P. Ethics in psychology: Professional standards and cases. New York, NY, US: Crown Publishing Group/Random House. (1985). xvii, 494 pp.
  • Chris Graf , Elizabeth Wager, Alyson Bowman, Suzan Fiack, Diane Scott-Lichter, Andrew Robinson (2007). Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics: a Publisher’s Perspective. Int J Clin Pract, 61, 1-26.
  • Robert Rosenthal.  Science and Ethics in Conducting, Analyzing, and Reporting Psychological Research. Psychological Science, Vol. 5, No. 3 (May, 1994), pp. 127-134
  • PHILIP G. ZIMBARDO. On the ethics of intervention in human psychological research: With special reference to the Stanford prison experiment. Cognition 2(2), 243-256.