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Welcome SIOP members!  This page has been designed to provide relevant resources that will assist you in recognizing and navigating ethical dilemmas in your practice, research, or teaching roles and to encourage the development of new I-O practitioners and scholars in this important area. From the APA Ethics Code (which serves as the SIOP Ethics Code) to ethics-based cases for learning and resource articles, to an ethics toolkit full of educational resources, you will find it on this page.

This page is a work in progress. CAPE is identifying and developing additional resources to add to this site. We welcome your feedback on what is here and your ideas for how we can expand upon and improve the professional development resources we offer.



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APA Ethics Code

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apa Ethics code adopted by siop

The American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct consists of an Introduction, a Preamble, five General Principles and specific Ethical Standards.

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APA Ethics code excerpts

Excerpts from the APA Ethics Code that are particularly relevant for I-O pschologists.


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revision task force updates

The Ethics Code Task Force (ECTF) has begun the process of a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the entire Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (“Ethics Code” or “Code”). The ECTF reports to the Ethics Committee.


General Ethics Resources


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Resources for Educators


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The CAPE ethical dilemma stimulus cards were developed as an ethics training tool for I-O Psychologists. Each scenario is based on common ethical issues that are faced by this group in both academe and practice.

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The CAPE BINGO game was developed as an ethics training tool for I-O psychologists. Each scenario is based on common ethical issues that are faced by this group in both academe and practice (Knapp, 2010).


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Resources for Researchers

COPE (Committee on Publishing Ethics) website (  This website has many useful resources, including guidelines, flowcharts for dealing with suspected cases of unethical behavior, case studies, etc…  Many of these cases and tools can be leveraged by SIOP members for education and professional development.

Journal Editor Ethics (  This is an initiative that was started by Steve Rogelberg and Deb Rupp to create some ethical principles for journal editors.  The principles have been updated over time and have been endorsed by many journal editors. It also contains a nice section with links to related articles and sites.

Center for Open Science (  Among other things, it contains guidelines designed to promote the transparency and openness of research.

Reference List

General References

APA Ethics Code adopted by SIOP (

APA Ethics Codes particularly relevant for I/O Psychologists (link to 1b)

Canadian Psychological Association. (2000). Canadian code of ethics for psychologists, (3rd Ed.). Ottawa, Canada: Author.

Ethics in Practice

Academy of Management. (2002). Academy of Management code of ethical conduct. Academy of Management Journal, 45, 291–294.

Knapp, D. J. (2008). Handling ethical matters. In W. C. Borman & J. H. Hedge (Eds.), The I/O consultant’s handbook. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lefkowitz, J. (2017).  Ethics and values in industrial organizational psychology, 2nd Ed.  New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.  (Espec. Chap. 15, “Taking Moral Action.”)

Lefkowitz, J. & Lowman, R.L. (2017).  “Ethics of Employee Selection.”  Chap. 26 in J.L. Farr & N.T. Tippins, (Eds.).  Handbook of Employee Selection, 2nd ed.  New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.  (1st ed. Published 2010.)

Lowman, R.L., & Cooper, S.E. (2017). The ethical practice of consulting psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Nagy, T. F. (2005). Ethics in plain English: An illustrative casebook for psychologists (2nd ed.)   Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Society for Human Resource Management. (1990). Code of ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.

Ethics in Academe

Lefkowitz, J. (2011).  “Ethics in industrial-organizational psychology.”  Vol. 2, Chap. I.8, In S. Knapp, L. VandeCreek, M. Gottlieb & M. Handelsman (Eds.)  APA Handbook of ethics in psychology.  Wash., DC: American Psychological Association. 

Updates from the Ethics Code Revision Task Force (

Nagy, T.F. (2011).  Essential ethics for psychologists: A primer for understanding and mastering core issues.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Office of Research Integrity.  (2014, Dec. 2).  Handling misconduct.  Downloaded from,Technical%20Assistance%20(RRTA)%20Program

Wasserman, R. (2013).  Ethical issues and guidelines for conducting data analysis in psychological research.  Ethics & Behavior, 23(1), 3-15.

Watts, L., Medeiros, K., Mulhearn, T., Steele, L., Connelly, S., & Mumford, M. (2017). Are Ethics Training Programs Improving? A Meta-Analytic Review of Past and Present Ethics Instruction in the Sciences. Ethics & Behavior, 27(5), 351-384.