Tuesday, May 03, 2011

American Psychological Association -- Ethics Complaint Against William D. Brown, Ph.D.

American Psychological Association

September 3, 1993


Gary Freedman
3801 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Apt. 136
Washington, D.C. 20008

Dear Mr. Freedman:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of August 9, 1993 relative to the ethics complaint you filed against William D. Brown, Ph.D. I am in the process of seeking consultation from the Chair of the APA Ethics Committee and I will be back in touch with you after I have had the benefit of that consultation.

Thank you for your patience.



Betsy Ranslow, M.S.
Director of Investigations
Office of Ethics


1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

I saw William D. Brown, Ph.D. -- a psychologist who could not prescribe medication -- in weekly psychotherapy from late May till October 8, 1991, three weeks before my termination. If I had severe mental illness (such as one that featured "ideas of reference") Dr. Brown was duty bound by the APA's Code of Professional Conduct to refer me to a psychiatrist who could prescribe appropriate medication. In 1993 I filed a complaint against Dr. Brown with the APA for the very reason that Dr. Brown did not refer me to an M.D. The APA dismissed my complaint; the APA concluded that Dr. Brown's handling of my case did not exceed his competence. See APA Office of General Counsel.

See Letter dated September 23, 1993 from Betsy Ranslow (APA Director of Investigations--Ethics Office) to Gary Freedman: “I have now had the opportunity to carefully evaluate your complaint against William D. Brown of Washington, D.C. [based in part on Dr. Brown’s failure to make a referral for medical management to treat a delusional disorder]. Your complaint has been evaluated independently by the Chair of the APA Ethics Committee and by me. On the basis of a review of all of the information related to this matter, we have decided not to open this matter up for a formal ethics case and to close it under the provision of Part V, Section 5.4 of the 1992 Rules and Procedures.”