Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology: Military and National Intelligence Applications

Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology: Military and National Intelligence Applications


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The field of operational psychology, and consequently its standards of practice, are evolving and expanding at a rapid pace. Now, more than ever, psychologists' expertise is employed on a day-to-day basis by members of the military and national intelligence communities. As psychologists' duties expand in these arenas, some definition of their roles and how these roles relate to professional ethical standards is necessary. "Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology: Military and National Intelligence Applications" offers guidance for those psychologists who are providing support to operational commanders; serving as consultants to interrogations of enemy combatants, suspected terrorists, or other criminals; or consulting on hostage negotiations among other things. This book integrates the requirements of the existing APA Ethics Code and the more recent Report of the American Psychological Association's Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security, with the limited professional literature in this field. The editors have assembled some of the best operational psychologists in the field today to share their expertise and experience. The authors provide realistic case examples, practical guidance, and recommendations regarding the unique ethical issues that surround operational psychologists, shedding some much needed light on how and why military and intelligence practices differ from traditional psychological practice. This timely volume provides a strong ethical foundation upon which to advance this area of practice.

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Carrie H. Kennedy, PhD, is a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy. After receiving her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University in 2000, she completed a two year Postdoctoral Neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical School. She is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to her academic training, Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of the Naval Education and Training Command's Officer Indoctrination School. Currently, she is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute where she conducts evaluations on aviators, air crew and air traffic controllers. As part of her deployment duties, she was Chief of Behavioral Health Services for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Dr. Kennedy is the author of over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, the co-editor of the book Military Psychology (Guilford) and co-author of the forthcoming book Ethics of Operational Psychology (APA). Dr. Kennedy serves on the Conflict of Interest Committee for the National Academy of Neuropsychology and is the Psychology Ethics Consultant for the Clinical Committee of the American Psychological Association's Division 19, Society for Military Psychology.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/09/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781433807114
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9781433807114
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 1433807114

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