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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.

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

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.

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.


5) 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.

public mental health resources
  • Click here for a list of resources organized by treatment areas
Examples of CoSR Activities
Resources for Public Presentations

Possible Handouts for Presentations
We can use your help

Please submit your recommendations for reliable, user-friendly self-help resources in your topic(s) of expertise to OPA 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.

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New committee members are always welcome. If you are interested in learning more about this committees, please contact the OPA office at 614.224.0034.