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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Podcast: Ethics Education and the Impact of AI on Mental Health

Hi All-

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed on the Psyched To Practice podcast. During this wide-ranging and unscripted interview, Ray Christner, Paul Wagner, and I engage in an insightful discussion about ethics, ethical decision-making, morality, and the potential impact of artificial intelligence on the practice psychotherapy.

After sharing a limited biographical account of my personal journey towards becoming a clinical psychologist, we delve into various topics including ethical codes, decision science, and the significant role that morality plays in shaping the practice of clinical psychology.

While the interview has a duration of approximately one hour and 17 minutes, I recommend taking the time to listen to it, particularly if you are an early or mid-career mental health professional. The conversation offers valuable insights and perspectives that can greatly contribute to your professional growth and development.

I provide the references below to our discussion, in alphabetical order, not the order in which I spoke about it during the podcast.

Even though the podcast was not scripted, here is a reference list of ideas I addressed during the interview.


Baxter, R. (2023, June 8). Lawyer’s AI Blunder Shows Perils of ChatGPT in ‘Early Days.’ Bloomberg Law News. Retrieved from https://news.bloomberglaw.com/business-and-practice/lawyers-ai-blunder-shows-perils-of-chatgpt-in-early-days

Chen, J., Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhang, X., & Li, J. (2023). Deep learning-guided discovery of an antibiotic targeting Acinetobacter baumannii. Nature Biotechnology, 31(6), 631-636. doi:10.1038/s41587-023-00949-7

Dillon, D, Tandon, N., Gu, Y., & Gray, K. (2023). Can AI language models replace human participants? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, in press.

Fowler, A. (2023, June 7). Artificial intelligence could help predict breast cancer risk. USA Today. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2023/06/07/artificial-intelligence-breast-cancer-risk-prediction/70297531007/

Haidt, J. (2012). The righteous mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

Handelsman, M. M., Gottlieb, M. C., & Knapp, S. (2005). Training ethical psychologists: An acculturation model. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36(1), 59–65. https://doi.org/10.1037/0735-7028.36.1.59

Heinlein, R. A. (1961). Stranger in a strange land. New York, NY: Putnam.

Knapp, S. J., & VandeCreek, L. D. (2006). Practical ethics for psychologists: A positive approach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

MacIver M. B. (2022). Consciousness and inward electromagnetic field interactions. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 16, 1032339. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.1032339

Persson, G., Restori, K. H., Emdrup, J. H., Schussek, S., Klausen, M. S., Nicol, M. J., Katkere, B., Rønø, B., Kirimanjeswara, G., & Sørensen, A. B. (2023). DNA immunization with in silico predicted T-cell epitopes protects against lethal SARS-CoV-2 infection in K18-hACE2 mice. Frontiers in Immunology, 14, 1166546. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2023.1166546

Schwartz, S. H. (1992). Universalism-particularism: Values in the context of cultural evolution. In M. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 25, pp. 1-65). New York, NY: Academic Press.