Committees, Task Forces and Affiliates

Standing Committees

Communications and TechnologyMarc B. Dielman, Ph.D., Chair
DiversityWanda McEntyre, Ph.D., Chair
Early CareerKathleen Hutchinson, Ph.D., Chair
EducationRichard Ashbrook, PhD & Cathy Gaw, PyD, Interim Co-Chairs
EthicsBob Stinson, Psy.D., JD, ABPP, Chair
InsuranceHoward Bonem, Ph.D., Chair
MembershipPeg Richards Mosher, Ph.D., Chair
Professional PracticeCourtney Zeune, Ph.D., Chair
Public SectorLynne Rustad, Ph.D., Chair
ScienceMichael Dwyer, Ph.D., Chair
Committee on Social ResponsibilityMary Lewis, Ph.D., Chair

Functional Committees

AdvocacyBrad Potts, Ph.D., Chair
Mandatory Continuing Education – Catherine Gaw, Psy.D., Chair
Personnel – Lynn Rapin, Ph.D., Chair
Planning and Development – Cathy McDaniels Wilson, Ph.D., Chair
Policies and Procedures – David Hayes, Ph.D., Chair
Finance – Nate Tomcik, Ph.D., Chair

Task Forces & Subcommittees

Bullying Task Force – Nicolette Howells, Ph.D., Chair
Bureau of Workers Compensation Task Force – David Schwartz, Ph.D., Chair
Colleague Assistance ProgramMichael Schafer, Ph.D., Chair
Disaster Response Network Task Force – Margie Kukor, Ph.D., Co-Chair
LGBT SubcommitteeJim Brush, Ph.D., Chair
Oral History Committee – John R. Rudisill, Ph.D., Chair
Psychologists Retired of Ohio (PROs) – Bobbie Celeste, Ph.D., Contact
Psychology in the Workplace Network – Robin Graff-Reed, Ph.D., Chair
Public Education Committee – Todd Finnerty, Ph.D., Chair
RxP Task Force – Gerald Strauss, Ph.D., Chair


Akron Area Professional Psychologists
Central Ohio Psychological Association
Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychologists
Cleveland Psychological Association
Dayton Area Psychological Association
Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists
Ohio Women in Psychology

Committee Purposes and Activities

We are always looking for volunteers – members AND non-members – to serve on OPA committees.

Communications & Technology – Works to monitor how technology affects the profession of psychology and all individuals touched by psychology. Oversees and develops all forms of association print publications and electronic media, including and electronic e-mail lists.

Diversity – Works to integrate cultural sensitivity and a commitment to diversity throughout the organizational and membership structures of OPA, as well as the broader community of psychology in Ohio. Within the committee, the term “diversity” incorporates, but is not limited to, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, spirituality, disability, age, and/or gender differences.

Early Career – Works to better understand the needs of ECPs in Ohio. They are currently working on developing resources on ECP relevant topics like how to get on insurance panels, financial planning, loan repayment and how to connect with your regional psychological association.

Education – Works to represent the wide-ranging interests and needs of OPA members related to continuing education in psychology through planning, implementation and evaluation of OPA’s various forms of educational mediums.

Ethics – Works to advance the knowledge and competency of OPA members regarding the ethical standards for psychologists, as well as educate psychologists regarding ethical principles and conduct.

Insurance – Works to monitor the managed care industry as it relates to the profession of psychology, and address issues that psychologists have with insurers and managed care companies.

Membership – Works to recruit, engage and retain association members by monitoring the changing trends, wants and needs of the members of OPA.

Professional Practice – Works to monitor, interact with, and make recommendations to promote the practice of psychology as a profession in Ohio.

Public Sector Issues – Works to support psychologists and clients of psychologists in settings such as state hospitals, the military, community mental health centers, VA medical centers and correctional settings.

Science – Works to maintain a close relationship between the practice and science of psychology for the mutual benefit of both, and encourage the development of science-minded students of psychology.

Social Responsibility – Works to promote and coordinate the involvement of psychologists in programs and projects in the community, and advocates for the fair treatment of Ohio residents through education, training and public policy.

If the activities and purposes above are something you are passionate about, please consider joining an OPA Committee today!

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