The American Psychological Association and the Hoffman Report

Journal of Humanistic Psychology

 first published on December 17, 2015

The American Psychological Association and the Hoffman Report

  1. David N. Elkins1

1.      1Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA, USA

  1. David N. Elkins, PO Box 2084, Carefree, AZ 85377, USA. Email:


Based on findings documented in the Independent Review Relating to APA Ethics Guidelines, National Security Investigations, and Torture, more commonly known as the Hoffman report, this guest editorial describes how the American Psychological Association (APA) colluded with the Department of Defense during the Bush administration to provide ethical cover for the Department of Defense’s interrogation program and for psychologists working in the program. Describing the actions of APA as “one of the greatest ethical breaches in the history of psychology,” the article discusses APA’s offenses, what has been done about them to date, and what remains to be done.


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