Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students
With more than 200 members, the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS) is an active organization uniting graduate students throughout Ohio.
To join OPAGS, become a Student Affiliate of OPA. Full membership is open to any undergraduate student, graduate student or post-doctoral fellow who completes an application form and pays the annual fee of $25. OPAGS offers all its members enormous opportunities to enhance their development towards a career in psychology and to shape the future of the discipline. From the ability to serve as an OPAGS board member, to opportunities to present your work at OPA’s annual convention, this membership will help you succeed in school and develop as a member of the psychological community.
OPAGS Membership Includes:
- Voting rights in OPAGS elections and opportunity to run for OPAGS office
- A subscription to OPA’s publications, including the Ohio Psychologist and the OPA Review (a $50 value)
- Opportunity to join OPA committees and volunteer with Ohio psychologists
- Discounts to attend the OPAGS Workshop, OPA’s Convention and continuing education workshops
- Unique volunteer opportunities including health fairs, guest blogging, education events and more!
Get involved! An important aspect of membership includes networking, support and the exchange of ideas and information among psychologists. OPA keeps in touch with the important issues that psychologists face, including ongoing advocacy of important legislation. You will have many opportunities to get involved in these grassroots efforts, as well as other activities that serve the public.
To join, fill out the online membership form.
2015-16 OPAGS Board
Chair: Roshni Rao, Wright State University
Chair-Elect: Ashley Debeljak, Wright State University
Continuing Education Chair: Julie Meade, Xavier University
Advocacy Chair: Kelly Obert, Wright State University
Social Responsibility Chair: Sarah Greenberg, Bowling Green State University
Science and Technology Chair: Tara Luchkiw, University of Mississippi (Ohio resident)
Diversity Chair: Maximilian Tokarsky, Wright State University
Communications & Membership Chair: Teresa Smith, University of Cincinnati
Learn more by reading their bios. If you are interested in becoming active on one of these committees, please email the chair listed.
History of OPAGS
OPAGS was originally the vision of Michael Ranney, executive director of the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA). OPAGS remains one of only a handful of graduate student psychological associations in the United States.
In August 2000, the first student summit was held in Columbus, Ohio. At that meeting, Michael Ranney presented and discussed his vision for the development of OPAGS. In September 2001, a draft of the by-laws was considered by a newly elected OPAGS Board, headed by Jackie Scheff of Xavier University.
In July 2002, the first OPAGS Summer Workshop proved a successful beginning to our networking and educational efforts. This event has become an annual one, held each spring.
During the 2002-03 year, OPAGS received national recognition as the Outstanding State Provincial Student Organization during the APA State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
The 2007-08 academic year was marked by the renovation of the OPAGS mentoring program.
In 2009, OPAGS won the Outstanding State Student Organization Award for the second time during the APA State Leadership Conference.
The OPAGS chair serves as a voting member of the OPA Board of Directors. Additionally, OPAGS members may serve on OPA Committees. View the current OPAGS Bylaws.