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 Psychological Society of Ireland condemns American counterpart’s involvement with abusive interrogation


The American Psychological Association (APA) recently published the report of the independent review by former Chicago inspector general, attorney David Hoffman, of accusations regarding the APA involvement in abusive interrogations by the US Department of Defense. The independent review was ordered by the APA to verify allegations made earlier in a report of the US Senate’s intelligence committee.


Responding to the findings of the Hoffman report, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is releasing the following statement:


‘Following allegations made in a report of the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee, the American Psychological Association (APA) ordered an independent review relating to APA Ethics Guidelines, National Security Interrogations and Torture. The report arising out of this review by attorney Mr Hoffman, published on July 10th, 2015, is of grave concern. The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is shocked by the findings of the independent review regarding the APA’s involvement in abusive interrogations by the US Department of Defense. The PSI strongly condemns the involvement of any psychologist in torture or any other inhuman treatment. We welcome the commitment by the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) to respond with recommendations as to how to prevent similar situations in Europe.’


Dr Paul D’Alton, current PSI President, states, “It is imperative that all psychologists adhere to ethical practice, and any violation of human rights is simply unacceptable.” The PSI considers ethical practice to be of the utmost importance to the psychology profession and lays down such considerations in the PSI Code of Professional Ethics which can be found on the PSI website,





1.      The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is the learned and professional body for the profession in Ireland, with the primary object of advancing psychology as a pure and applied science in Ireland and elsewhere. The Society has grown significantly since its inception and now has over 2,400 members;

2.         Further information on the statement released by the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA), ‘EFPA deeply shocked by conclusions of Hoffman Report about involvement of APA officials and US psychologists’ in torture’ can be found at the following link:

3.         The British Psychological Society (BPS) also released a statement on this issue:



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