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Title: Ethics in Cyberspace Research (John Suler, PhD - 1 CEU)

AUTHORS(s): JohnSuler, Ph.D.
JOHN SULER, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology in the Science and Technology Center at Rider University. His online hypertext book The Psychology of Cyberspace describes the results of his ongoing research on how individuals and groups behave on the Internet. His work has been translated into seven languages and reported by widely known media such as The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, NBC, US News and World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is consulting editor for the Journal of Virtual Environments, CyberPsychology and Behavior, and the Contemporary Media Forum for The Journal of Applied Psychoanalysis. He is a founding member and serves on the executive board of the International Society for Mental Health Online, where he also created and moderated its online clinical case study group. He also created and facilitates the The Psychology of Cyberspace Forum at Behavior Online. Johns other web projects include the Teaching Clinical Psychology and award winning Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors web sites.
CEUs: 1
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Many mental health professionals are studying and writing about online relationships and groups. What are the ethical issues involved in doing such research? This article examines the ethical standards that have been proposed by professional organizations. It focuses on three critical issues: informed consent, the individual right to privacy, and the contribution the research makes to online groups and living.

Educational Objectives:

1. The reader will gain an understanding of the various ethical issues that are unique to online research.

2. The reader will learn about the ethical standards that have been proposed by professional organizations and how those standards apply to different types of online studies.