hoffman-report-coverThe Hoffman Report is the informal name for the 2015 investigation into the American Psychological Association’s (APA) practices regarding its relaxing of ethical standards for psychologists involved in torture interrogations. The full name for the report is, Independent Review Relating to APA Ethics Guidelines, National Security Interrogations, and Torture. It was authored by attorneys David Hoffman, Danielle Carter, Cara Viglucci Lopez, Heather Benzmiller, Ava Guo, Yasir Latifi and Daniel Craig of the law firm, Sidley Austin, LLP.

It was an extensive investigation spanning 6 months that reviewed over 50,000 documents and conducted over 200 interviews with 148 people. The report notes that, “Although most individuals were quite cooperative and willing to meet with us, that sentiment was not universal, and there were several individuals who declined to meet with us or did not respond to our requests.” Also, “This inquiry is made more difficult by the amount of time that has elapsed since the important events occurred. The key events relating to the APA task force report occurred 10 to 11 years ago, and the events relating to the ethics code revision occurred 13 to 19 years ago.” The independent investigation resulted in a 542-page final report.

We will continuously update this Special Report throughout the week as new analysis and reactions are published regarding the Hoffman Report.

Independent Review Relating to APA Ethics Guidelines, National Security Interrogations, and Torture (PDF)
July 2, 2015

The Hoffman Report: Background & Introduction
July 2, 2015

Press Release and Recommended Actions: Independent Review Cites Collusion Among APA Individuals and Defense Department Officials in Policy on Interrogation Techniques
American Psychological Association
July 10, 2015

Outside Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds
The New York Times
July 10, 2015

The Hoffman Report: After Years of Lies, Who Holds the APA Accountable?
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 11, 2015

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 ‘collusion’
The Guardian
July 11, 2015

American Psychological Association’s Ethics Office Seems to be Toothless, Lazy
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 12, 2015

PsySR Responds to Hoffman Report about APA (PDF)
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)
July 13, 2015

Radical Reform Required at APA
Chris Ferguson, Ph.D.
July 13, 2015

Opening Comments to the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors
Steven Reisner and Stephen Soldz
Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
Describes a meeting that took place on July 2, 2015 at the APA, where the two authors laid out guidelines and suggestions for how to portray the Hoffman Report and APA’s reaction after its release. Steven Reisner called for Norman Anderson, L. Michael Honaker, Nathalie Gilfoyle, Rhea Farberman, Ellen Garrison, Heather Kelly, Geoffrey Mumford, Stephen Behnke to be fired; only Behnke actually was.
July 13, 2015

Manipulation of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 13, 2015

‘A national hero’: psychologist who warned of torture collusion gets her due
The Guardian
July 13, 2015

Lessons must be learned after psychology torture inquiry
Nature editorial
July 14, 2015

APA Leadership Resignations: Anderson, Honaker & Farberman
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 14, 2015

3 Leave Jobs Over Psychologists’ Involvement in Terrorism Interrogations
The New York Times
July 14, 2015

Comments on the Hoffman Report (PDF)
Gerald P. Koocher and Ronald F. Levant
July 14, 2015

APA overhauling policies and leadership after torture report
Science Insider
July 14, 2015

Coalition Open Letter on APA Complicity in Torture Interrogations
Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
A historical reference clearly demonstrating that critics knew the findings of the Hoffman Report five years before it was ever conceived, but that the APA stonewalled, lied, and turned a blind eye to critics of its policies and behaviors. What did Carol Goodheart and APA officials ever do in reaction to this letter? Silence.
August 11, 2010

Did the American Psychological Association’s Board Violate DC Law?
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 16, 2015

Torture, impunity and the American Psychological Association
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, Democracy Now!
July 16, 2015

How the Largest Association of U.S. Psychologists Colluded in Torture
Newsweek
July 18, 2015

Sidley Partner Rattles Psychology Field with Torture Report
The American Lawyer
July 18, 2015

American Psychological Association’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 19, 2015

Report on interrogation tactics roils academics: Psychologists linked to Harvard defend work with Pentagon
The Boston Globe
July 20, 2015

APA’s Letter to its Council of Representatives
American Psychological Association
July 20, 2015

 

 

 

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