Roy Eidelson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and president of Eidelson Consulting, where he studies, writes about, and consults on the role of psychological issues in political, organizational, and group conflict settings.
He is also a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility -- an international organization of psychologists, other mental health professionals, students, and social justice advocates -- and the former executive director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Eidelson is currently an associate director of the Asch Center at Bryn Mawr College.
Among Eidelson's efforts challenging psychologists’ involvement in abusive interrogations are a cartoon about the American Psychological Association's decision not to discipline member John Leso for his involvement in cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment at Guantanamo, and the 10-minute video below, “No Place to Hide: Torture, Psychologists, and the APA.”
"No Place to Hide: Torture, Psychologists, and the APA." This 2009 video offers a brief overview of the disturbing role that psychologists and the American Psychological Association (APA) have played in the context of detainee abuse and torture at Guantanamo Bay and other national security sites.
In addition, here are links to several of Eidelson's recent online essays related to psychologists and torture, as well as other topics:
- Reflections on a Historic APA Convention and the Road Ahead. Psychology Today, August 13, 2015.
- How the American Psychological Association Lost Its Way. (with Jean Maria Arrigo) Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2015.
- Revisiting the Ethics Case of Dr. John Leso. Psychology Today, July 10, 2015.
- Commitments the APA Should Make Today. Psychology Today, June 30, 2015.
- Where Have All the Members Gone?. Psychology Today, June 4, 2015.
- Fugitive Facts Escape from APA Headquarters. Psychology Today, May 18, 2015.
- The APA's Disappearing History. Psychology Today, May 7, 2015.
- The APA Relied on the CIA for Ethical Guidance (with Trudy Bond). Psychology Today, May 5, 2015.
- The APA and Guantanamo: Actions, Not Words (with Dan Aalbers). Psychology Today, April 7, 2015.
- Collusion? Where the APA Investigator Should Look. Psychology Today, March 11, 2015.
- Rejecting "Torture Tolerance-Lite". Psychology Today, January 28, 2015.
- Cast Into the Depths: Perilous Waters for the APA. Psychology Today, January 14, 2015.
- Dear Dr. Kaslow: I Too Am "Outraged, Saddened and Pained". Psychology Today, December 15, 2014.
- The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture. Psychology Today, December 12, 2014.
- James Risen vs. the American Psychological Association. Psychology Today, October 23, 2014.
- New Evidence Links CIA to APA's "War on Terror" Ethics. Psychology Today, October 14, 2014.
- Predators, Reapers, and Psychology’s Do-No-Harm Ethics. Psychology Today, August 12, 2014.
- Complicity: Psychology and War on Terror Abuses. Psychology Today, May 13, 2014.
- Misplaced Priorities at the APA: Expediency Over Ethics. Psychology Today, March 10, 2014.
- Cartoon: APA Weighs the Evidence. Psychology Today, February 24, 2014.
- APA Fails to Sanction Psychologist in GTMO Torture Case. Psychology Today, February 13, 2014.
- Psychologist Group Raises Concerns about APA Ethics Decision. Psychology Today, January 30, 2014.
- Psychology's Newest Joke: Not Very Funny. Psychology Today, January 24, 2014.
- A Psychologist’s Deceptions about Prison Abuse in California. Psychology Today, September 3, 2013.
- Hawaiian Mind Games: APA Fiddles While Psychology Burns (with Stephen Soldz). Psychology Today, August 5, 2013.
- A Psychologist's Guantanamo Nightmare. Psychology Today, June 24, 2013.
- Guantanamo and the APA: Where Accountability Goes to Die (with Trudy Bond & Stephen Soldz). Psychology Today, April 11, 2013.
- Neuroscience, Special Forces, and Ethics at Yale. Psychology Today, March 6, 2013.
- Torturing the Truth and Whitewashing Hell. Psychology Today, February 14, 2013.
- More Questions about Torture, and the University. Psychology Today, January 24, 2013.
- The Torture Debate Echoes: An Army Psychologist's Job Search. Psychology Today, January 16, 2013.
- Dr. Frankenstein and the APA's Decade of Monstrosities. Psychology Today, August 28, 2012.
- Does Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Work? CSF Research Fails the Test (with Stephen Soldz). Working Paper Number 1, Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, May 31, 2012.
- Protecting Psychologists Who Harm: The APA's Latest Wrong Turn. Psychology Today, March 13, 2012.
- Psychologists' Collusion in Ongoing Illegal Detentions (with Trudy Bond, Brad Olson, & Stephen Soldz). Psychology Today, January 10, 2012.
- Four Psychologists at the Gates of Hell. Psychology Today, December 19, 2011.
- Dismantling the Master's House: Psychologists and Torture. Psychology Today, December 7, 2011.
- A Thought Experiment About Psychological Ethics. Psychology Today, November 30, 2011.
- Psychologists and Torture: Video and Petition. Psychology Today, November 14, 2011.
- Safe, Legal, Ethical, and Effective? It's Time to Annul the PENS Report. Psychology Today, October 21, 2011.
- Worse Than Fiction: America's Overcrowded Cellar. Psychology Today, July 6, 2011.
- The Dark Side of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Work (with Marc Pilisuk & Stephen Soldz). Psychology Today, March 24, 2011.