With over 1,600 clinician, academic, affiliate and student members, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is nationally recognized as one of the preeminent state psychological associations. A well-established leader within the field, OPA works hard to ensure the science and professions of psychology remain vital, relevant and at the forefront in Ohio.
OPA is nationally recognized as one of the pre-eminent state psychological associations and is a well-established leader within the field. Membership will give you access to our collective experience, resources and services to better your practice or career in psychology. Read more about our specific services and join OPA below!
OPA’s Media Room lists frequently asked questions about the profession and provides news releases and story ideas. Our Media Resource Guide will help you find a source for your story or a speaker for your next event. Visit the Media Room
Advertising is accepted for OPA’s print publications, online, in the OPA Convention brochure and at continuing education workshops. Visit the advertising page today for rates and options. You may also create an account with the OPA Career Center to post a job opening in psychology, or submit an advertisement for your For Sale/Rent or Continuing Education opportunity to be posted on the OPA online classifieds page.
OPA FAQ (Click to Open)
When was the OPA established?
OPA was established in 1949. The organization will celebrate its 65th anniversary in 2014.
What is the mission of the OPA?
To advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and to improve people’s lives in Ohio.
What issues does the OPA advocate on behalf of?
OPA advocates for issues that affect psychology and consumers. OPA’s main priority is comprehensive mental health parity. The organization also focuses on consumer access to mental health services, and consumer protection from poor quality health care.
What is the governing structure of the OPA?
OPA is governed by a Board of Directors of 22 voting members, who are elected by the membership of the Association. Five elected officers (President, Past-President, President-Elect, Finance Officer and the Representative to APA Council) serve on the Executive Committee. The Board is comprised of the officers, the chairs of the standing committees, the OPAGS Chair and the seven regional representatives. Chairs of subcommittees, functional committees, task force and liaisons from affiliated special interest groups also regularly attend Board meeting. The committees and task forces focus on a variety of issues pertaining to psychology including education; communications and technology;, ethics and colleague assistance; social responsibility and public education; advocacy; diversity, and others. The committee chairs are appointed by the president.
How many staff people does OPA have?
OPA’s central office has four full time employees and one part time director of professional affairs.
Founded in 1949, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is currently the seventh largest state psychological association. OPA was the first state psychological association to have a paid staff person to direct our advocacy, marketing and educational work. The professional staff model was quickly copied around the country taking organized psychology to a new level of effectiveness and member service. OPA staff has always been a major part of our strength and success as an association. We have received national honors as the best state psychological association twice, best graduate student group twice and best diversity program once.
OPA serves its members by giving them consistent effort that advances the mission of the association. We offer access to the highest quality educational programs with the latest data on the science and practice of psychology. We advocate for stronger regulation of insurance companies who limit access to treatment, create bureaucracies that syphon off money from healthcare and delay payment for services that have been provided.
We serve the public with a variety of educational programs on health, wellness and the mind-body connection, and with online resources, including a psychologist referral program. We serve the public by recognizing businesses that are psychologically healthy and identifying best practices for a better work environment.
This section of our site has information about OPA's Board and staff; our goals; our history; educational opportunities; mandatory continuing education services and requirements; our advocacy work at the Federal and state level; how find a psychologist; career opportunities for psychologists; and, so much more.