APA Task Force Takes Big Pharma to Task

This month’s American Psychologist features a compelling advisory to the American Psychological Association (APA) regarding what it sees as potential threats to the integrity of the profession. The article, “Corporate Funding and Conflicts of Interest” includes these recommendations:

  1. External funds (i.e., drug money) should not be a part of APA’s core budget
  2. Exhibitors at APA conventions should not pimp their wares in bizarre manners (see the American Psychiatric Association convention for examples of marketing gone awry)
  3. APA should consider not allowing continuing education credits for industry-sponsored courses
  4. No drug pens or other branded material on display where psychologists work
  5. Psychologists should not accept gifts from corporations (including meals)

This summary courtesy of the blog Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look.

The task force recommendations are a shift. APA has remained relatively silent on the issue of marketing by powerful, extremely well-endowed corporations. It remains to be seen if or how the recommendations will be implemented.

Again, the pdf of the American Psychologist article:
Corporate Funding and Conflicts of Interest

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.


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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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