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The Rhode Island Psychological Association Ethics Committee

Beth A. Jerskey, Ph.D., Chair


Jennifer Anthony, Ph.D.
Maria DiFonte, M.A. (student member)
Colleen Gregory, Ph.D.
Steven Hershey, Ph.D.
Heather Hunter, Ph.D.
Wendy Plante, Ph.D.
Hayley Pomerantz, M.S. (student member)
Lisa Rocchio, Ph.D.
Megan Spencer, Ph.D.


The RIPA Ethics Committee serves an educational function for the membership in matters of ethical conduct of psychologists, along with serving an educational function for the general public with regards to ethical conduct of psychologists.

To access a consultation from the Ethics Committee, an individual contacts the RIPA Executive Director, Jack Hutson via either email or call 401-732-2400 ext 318, who will facilitate referral to the on-call member of the committee. Since the details of Ethics consultations are private, please leave only your name, contact information, and that your are requesting an ethics consultation.

The on-call Ethics Committee member will contact the caller and review the details of the question. The on-call Ethics member will consult with the Ethics Committee members and then offer a response to the caller.  Caller identity is kept confidential, and specific identifying information is not sought.

Our response is provided to the caller with the following disclaimer:  "This information is being provided by the Rhode Island psychological Association's Ethics Committee.  The response is provided based solely on the information given by the caller and is not intended to be legal advice, or intended to be used in legal or disciplinary proceedings.  We are not attorneys and our response is intended to be educational in nature and based upon our understanding of the American Psychological Association's Ethics Code."


American Psychological Association's Ethics Office (

American Psychological Association's Ethics Code (

Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Ethics Blog (

Segments from RIPA's Newsletter Insight:

Summer, 2013  Summary of Eric Harris, Ed.D., J.D.'s CEU Presentation By Jennifer Anthony, Ph.D.
Summer, 2012  Resources for Psychologists by Heather Hunter, Ph.D.
Fall, 2012          Mental Health and State Law by Colleen Gregory, Ph.D.
Winter, 2012    Professional Wills by Leslie Feil, Ph.D.
Fall, 2011          Trauma Psychology: Vicarious Traumatization and Self-Care by Lisa Rochio, Ph.D.
Summer, 2010  Confidentiality for Minors in Psychotherapy by Wendy Plante, Ph.D.
Spring, 2009     Responding to a Subpoena by Lisa Rochio, Ph.D.
Summer, 2008  Explanation of the RIPA Ethics Committee by Leslie Feil, Ph.D.
Winter, 2008    Treatment of Children in Divorcing Families by Leslie Feil, Ph.D.

Rhode Island Mental Health Laws

For More Information

Contact Jack Hutson, CAE at  401-732-2400, ext 318