OPA Committee on Social Responsibility

Mission Statement

This mission of the Ohio Psychological Association Committee on Social Responsibility (CoSR) is to promote and coordinate the involvement of psychologists in programs and projects in the community, including advancing a social justice agenda by applying the science and practice of psychology to human welfare, as well as advocating for the fair treatment of Ohio residents through education, training and public policy.

The work of the Committee on Social Responsibility is aligned with the Ohio Psychological Associations Strategic Plan, Goal #3 to make psychology more visible to the citizens of Ohio by providing psychological resources, scientific knowledge, public education and referrals.


1. Enhance image of psychologists through encouraging pro bono work

a) Suicide Prevention Walks in October
b) “For the Greater Good” articles highlighting volunteer work by Ohio Psychologists
c) Media Award

2. Plan for unique community programs that can be implemented under the auspices of the OPA, involving psychologists and others.

a) Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February)
b) Legislative Health Fair (May)
c) VA Health Fair, Mental Health Awareness Month (May)
d) A Home Within Project
e) YMCA Programs
f) Library Programs
g) High school psychology class speaker requests

3. Inform and educate the OPA Board and member psychologists about relevant social justice issues that affect Ohio residents in collaboration with the Diversity Committee, LGBT Subcommittee and other parts of the OPA structure.

a) “Did You Know” articles in the OPA Notes e-newsletter
b) Foodbank Drive (May-June)
c) Social networking
i) OPA Facebook Page
ii) OPA on Twitter
iii) COSR Blog

4. Work with the OPA Advocacy Committee to support the development of public policy that promotes equitable mental health treatment and other applications of psychological principles for societal concerns.

a) Legislative Health Fair in conjunction with OPA Legislative Day (May)
b) PEC and other committee members at State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. (March)

5. Represent psychology in public forums and with other mental health organizations and consumers

a) Legislative Health Fair (May)
b) VA Health Fair (May)

6. Provide resources about mental health issues to the public via the Public Education Campaign and the Public Section of the OPA website, with the purpose of informing the public about psychology, and destigmatizing mental illness and use of mental health services.

a) Social networking
i) OPA Facebook Page
ii) OPA on Twitter
iii) COSR Blog
b) Media Award
c) YMCA Programs
d) Library Programs
e) High school psychology class speaker requests
f) Legislative Health Fair
g) VA Health Fair
h) Support group resources/self-help section of OPA website

7. Work together with OPA as a whole to recognize psychologists who have contributed their expertise and service significantly to the cause of public interest.

a) “For the Greater Good” Articles
b) Media Award

Examples of CoSR Activities

“Out of the Darkness” Suicide Prevention Walk
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Mental Health Month
“Greater Good” Article Series
“Did You Know” e-newsletter and PIC blog series
Media 101 Toolkit (collaboration with the Professional Practice Committee)
Sending letters to the editor
Self-Help resources
Statewide Support Group Listing

Resources for Public Presentations

Coping with Financial Stress (PowerPoint to use for presentations)
Materials for Presenting a Stress Workshop
Materials for Presenting a Childhood Obesity Workshop

Possible Handouts for Presentations

Which Traits Predict Job Performance?
Stress in the Workplace
Managing Your Stress in Difficult Economic Times
APA Survey Raises Concern about Parent Perceptions of Children’s Stress
Economic Worries Tax Out Americans as April 15 nears

We can use your help

Please submit your recommendations for reliable, user-friendly self-help resources in your topic(s) of expertise to Dr. Mary Lewis to be reviewed by the Committee for Social Responsibility for addition to the Self-Help Resource list. Please include the full reference for books and include a sentence or two about why you recommend the particular resource.

If you are interested in learning more about the Public Interest Committee and might like to serve as a member, please contact the Committee Chair, Dr. Mary Lewis or the OPA Central Office.

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Committee Members

Mary M. Lewis, Ph.D., Chair
Christine Agaibi, M.A.
Kathleen Ashton, Ph.D.
Jim Broyles, Ph.D.
Kim Burkhart, Ph.D.
Michele Evans, Ph.D.
Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.
Nicolette Howells, Ph.D.
Marjorie Kukor, Ph.D.
Amy Sailing-Untied, M.A.
Morgan Shields
Nate Tomcik, Ph.D.
David Weaver, Ph.D.
Staff: Michael Ranney

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