The American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code preamble requires psychologists to “respect and protect civil and human rights” . Psychologists share this commitment with allied professions: social work, nursing, medicine, anthropology, sociology, political science, and public health . The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) asserts that human rights include freedom from discrimination and access to health care, food, and housing. However, the field of psychology has a checkered human rights history, with theory, research, and practices reinforcing and lending credibility to discriminatory practices against historically marginalized groups.
Articles by Caitlin Sorenson, MA
Caitlin Sorenson, M.A. is a third year clinical psychology doctoral student at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Caitlin’s interests include trauma, diverse populations, and systems-level and community-based interventions. Caitlin’s research interests include multicultural psychology, cultural adaptation, and ethics. Prior to her life in the theatre, Caitlin was a theatre director and uses her training in creativity and creative expression to inform her clinical work. When she’s not working on her dissertation or blogging about psychology’s role in social justice efforts, Caitlin is busy running around after her twin toddlers.