ERIC Number: EJ781490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Corporate Funding and Conflicts of Interest: A Primer for Psychologists
Pachter, Wendy S.; Fox, Ronald E.; Zimbardo, Philip; Antonuccio, David O.
American Psychologist, v62 n9 p1005-1015 Dec 2007
A presidential task force on external funding was established by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2003 to review APA policies, procedures, and practices regarding the acceptance of funding and support from private corporations for educational and training programs; continuing education offerings; research projects; publications; advertising; scientific and professional meetings and conferences; and consulting, practice, and advocacy relationships. This article, based on the Executive Summary of the APA Task Force on External Funding Final Report, presents the findings and unanimous recommendations of the task force in the areas of association income, annual convention, research and journals, continuing education, education, practice, and conflicts of interest and ethics. The task force concluded that it is important for both APA and individual psychologists to become familiar with the challenges that corporate funding can pose to their integrity. The nature and extent of those challenges led the task force to recommend that APA develop explicit policies, educational materials, and continuing education programs to preserve the independence of psychological science, practice, and education.
Descriptors: Psychology, Professional Associations, Psychologists, Corporate Support, Conflict of Interest, Integrity, Ethics
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