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Psychologists of Fortune : How APA Enabled the Torture of Suspected Terrorist Detainees


Posted 03/10/2016
Submitted by Cindy Oppenheimer
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

The Department of Psychology invites members of the University community to the next invited speaker presentation on Thursday March 10, 2016 at 12:15 in East Hall 104.

John G. Mehm, Ph.D.,  Director, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford will give a presentation on “Psychologists of Fortune: How APA Enabled the Torture of Suspected Terrorist Detainees”

Human rights activists have alleged for over a decade that military psychologists played a role in the “enhanced interrogation” of suspected terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and other military detention centers.  Critics have also argued that members of APA governance enabled such abuses, denied involvement in this process, and hindered investigations of psychologists charged with ethical violations.  The findings of the 2015 Investigative Report by David Hoffman and colleagues are reviewed, along with issues that remain unresolved for any future role of psychology in national defense.

Click the link below to download a flyer about Mehm’s presentation.