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Psychologists, Torture, and National Security

Psychologists were central in creating, implementing, disseminating, and researching the uses of "enhanced interrogation techniques," or torture. The speakers, leaders in a movement to investigate and to end these abusive and disturbing (mis)applications of psychology, will discuss their investigations and
experiences as well as the profound ethical issues raised by this unsettling chapter of recent history.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst and Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development at BGSP and a former President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Special guest lecturer, Steven Reisner, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in New York and is President-Elect of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He has been a consultant on the treatment of trauma and torture worldwide.

This event is free, RSVP by emailing or calling 617-277-3915.


The participant will be able to:

Describe the roles psychologists have assumed in the national security establishment.

Explain the ethical issues and conflicts confronting psychologists in national security settings.

Assess the role psychologists played in designing, implementing, and researching US torture and abuse interrogation techniques.

Discuss how ethical issues in the realm of national security should be monitored