This book introduces those in psychology and related fields to the 2002 American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. The book helps psychologists apply the Ethics Code to the constantly changing scientific, professional, and legal realities of the discipline. Author Celia B. Fisher, who headed the APA task force revising the current code, addresses the revised format, choice of wording, aspirational rationale, and enforceability of the code and puts these changes into practical perspective for psychologists. Her book provides in-depth discussions of the foundation and application of each ethical standard to the broad spectrum of scientific, teaching, and professional roles of psychologists. This unique guide helps psychologists effectively utilize ethical principles and standards to morally conduct their work activities, avoid ethical violations, and, most importantly, preserve and protect the fundamental rights and welfare of those with whom they serve.
Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education has provided national leadership in developing guidelines for graduate education in applied developmental science (ADS) and ethical standards for the science and practice of psychology and federal guidelines for human subjects research. She is a member of the DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) and the Ethics Working Group of the National Children's Study, She Chaired the first National Conference on Graduate Education in ADS, the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethics Code Task Force and the New York State Board for Psychology. And was a member of the NIMH Data Safety Monitoring Board and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children. Dr. Fisher is a founding co-editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science. She has over 100 publications 5 books covering topics in developmental psychology and in ethics, including developmental correlates of racial/ethnic discrimination; child and parental attitudes toward privacy and research ethics; the ability of children, adults with mental retardation and other vulnerable population to consent to treatment and research; guidelines for mental health research involving ethnic minority children and youth. Her most recent book, Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (2003) Sage Publications has become a required text for graduate psychology programs across the country. Dr. Fisher's research and the ethics workshops and educational materials developed through the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education have received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.