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