Torture, Enhanced Interrogations, and the Role of Psychologists

The Hoffman Report has raised great concern and consternation in APA, and in psychology as a profession.  Most prominent was that of ethical violations committed by individuals and APA in the name of policy and decisions.  This summary was put together as a resource for educating students about ethics and human rights with citations of the actual report, the APA actions and resolutions, and the media coverage.

Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP

Read Dr. Chin's excellent summary ....

Istanbul Protocol-Manual for Psychologist

Istanbul Protocol

Istanbul Protocol Handbook

 Model Curriculum on the Effective Medical Documentation of Torture and Ill-treatment 


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The National Capacity Building Project (NCB) is a project of The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT).  As the technical assistance arm of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Survivors of Torture Program, NCB’s work focuses on promoting integrated, sustainable torture survivor rehabilitation services by supporting and strengthening SOT programs and refugee-serving organizations as they provide specialized services to survivors and within torture-impacted communities. NCB has recently started to work in collaboration with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, to provide capacity building and training to organizations across the United States. The website serves as a resource to all who serve survivors of torture. The site includes resources for mental health, medical, social service, legal providers, and others via videos, manuals, archived webinars, and other resources.  The current director of this project is Huy Pham at CVT,



What is torture Trauma? 

This is general collection of information that provides a general overview of torture trauma. 


Literature for torture trauma research AND KEY SEARCH WORDS

This provides articles to aid in research. To add articles please feel free to contact us.


ethics and research 

This provides general introductory information for the researcher joining us in this field. 


"Assessment and Treatment of Torture Survivors: Resilience -Centered Healing"

Psychological Association. Presenters: Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, PhD; Hawthorne Smith, PhD; Katherine Porterfield, PhD Discussant: Charles Figley, PhD




  1. Başoğlu, M., & Şalcioğlu, E. (2011). A mental healthcare model for mass trauma survivors: control-focused behavioral treatment of earthquake, war, and torture trauma. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  2. Factsheets and Videos: Impact of Trauma in Underserved Populations:  We are excited to announce that these resources are now available through Division 56's website. You may access the materials using the following link:

  3. Kira, I. A. (2017, February 16). A Critical Outlook at Torture Definition, Structure, Dynamics, and Interventions a Brief Research Report. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Advance online publication. 

  4. Başoğlu, M.D., Ph.D., edited book on Torture and Its Definition in International Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach with contributions from prominent mental health, human rights, and international law scholars, aimed at facilitating a sound theory- and evidence-based understanding of torture in international law. (Released August 2017.)

  5. Individual Community Responses to Trauma & Disaster: Green, Lindy, and Grace, 2014. PDF DOWNLOAD
  6. Detention Conditions and Mental Health at Guantanamo(see below) by Human Rights Watch
  7. Brenner, GH (2010). The expected psychiatric impact ofdetention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Related Considerations. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 11: 469-487. 

  8. Figley, C. R. (2009). Why Torture Doesn’t Work and Other Trauma Psychology Lessons: A review of The Trauma of Psychological Torture, Edited by Almerindo E. Ojeda. Westport, CT:  Praeger, 2008. PsycCRITIQUES, 54:22.