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APA Ethics Complaint -- William D. Brown, Ph.D.

American Psychological Association

April 21, 1993


Gary Freedman
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Der Mr. Freedman:

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of April 8, 1993 expressing your internet to file a complaint against Dr. William D. Brown of Washington, D.C. To proceed with this matter we must ask you for certain information and releases.

To register a formal complaint you will need to fill out the enclosed Ethics Complaint Form. Copies of the 1989 and 1992 ethical principles are enclosed for your information and to assist you in filling out the Complaint Form. Also enclosed is a copy of the APA Ethics Committee’s Rules and Procedures. Please read them carefully so that you will understand how the complaint process works.

Consistent with Part V, Section 3 of the Committee’s rules, to be considered complete, the complaint must be comprised of the completed APA Ethics Complaint Form; such releases as required by the Committee; the waiver of right to subpoena documents for the purposes of private civil litigation; and any request that the applicable time limit be waived. Part II. Section 5.3 of the Committee’s rules addresses the time limits for filing complaints. For the purposes of time limits, the complaint will be considered filed only after all required components have been received.

Once the completed complaint is received, it will be evaluated, consistent with Part V, Section 5 of the rules, by the Chair of the Ethics Committee and by me.

I will await your response.


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

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Complaint Form
1989 & 1992 Ethical Principles
1992 Rules and Procedures
Information for Persons Filing Complaints with the APA Ethics Office

750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5500


To assist you in completing the Ethics Complaint Form, we are providing you with two versions of our Ethics Code: The “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” is applicable for those alleged behaviors occurring on or after December 1, 1992. The “Ethical Principles of Psychologists” (amended June 2, 1989) is applicable to alleged behaviors occurring through November 30, 1992. Behaviors occurring more than 10 years before the filling of a complaint are not within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Committee. (See “Rules and Procedures”, Part II, Section 5.3.6)

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