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’s mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and to improve people’s lives in Ohio.
OPA is governed by a Board of Directors. 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, chairs of the standing committees, the OPAGS Chair and the six regional representatives. Chairs of subcommittees, functional committees, task forces and liaisons from affiliated special interest groups also regularly attend board meetings.
OPA committees and task forces focus on a variety of issues pertaining to psychology including education, communications and technology, ethics and colleague assistance, social responsibility, public education, advocacy, diversity and more. We are always looking for volunteers to serve on OPA committees.
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Ohio Psychological Association Mission
To advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and to improve people’s lives in Ohio.
Ohio Psychological Association Vision
The Ohio Psychological Association advances the science, application of professional psychology by:
- Advocating for public policies that promote psychological services, the field of psychology and a psychologically healthy Ohio.
- Creating and sustaining an environment of diversity & inclusion, while holding cultural competence for Ohio psychologists as a high priority.
- Making psychology more visible to the citizens of Ohio by providing psychological resources, scientific knowledge, public education and referrals.
- Creating and maintaining a number of income streams to make membership more affordable while continuing to provide priority services that members want and need.
- Supporting the personal and professional lives of psychologists throughout their lifespan, from student status through retirement.
- Providing a psychologically healthy and safe work environment for OPA employees and volunteers that supports their career and personal growth, and values their contributions, professionalism, and ideas
Ohio Psychological Association Values
- Championing human rights and mental well being for all
- Modeling diversity and inclusiveness
- Striving to be a role model for support of environmental sustainability
- Working in collaboration with other organizations and leaders
When was OPA established?
OPA was established in 1949.
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, 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. 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.