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  • Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS)

The Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) offers many services and opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty. Undergraduates may join the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS).


  • OPA Intern Opportunities for Undergraduates

OPA offers Public Policy Internships for students interested in learning more about nonprofit associations and the state and national policy issues facing psychologists and consumers. These internships are non-stipendiary and vary from year to year, depending on the needs of the OPA.


Membership is open to any graduate student or post-doctoral fellow who completes an application form and pays the annual fee of $25. Membership includes the right to vote in OPAGS elections and the right to hold office. In addition, membership is open to undergraduate students in psychology, without voting privileges. Join now!


  • Student Poster Session at the Annual Convention

The Ohio Psychological Association invites undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on psychology-based topics to present poster summaries at its annual Convention in April. Posters may report on empirical (quantitative or qualitative) studies or non-empirical theoretical/review projects. OPA's Poster Session offers special recognition to undergraduate and graduate students who have the most exemplary posters. Four prizes will be awarded: best graduate empirical project, best graduate non-empirical project, best undergraduate poster and people’s choice.


  • Volunteer Opportunities at OPA’s Convention and Workshops

Psychology undergraduates are encouraged to volunteer at OPA’s Convention, held each fall. Duties include passing out handouts, monitoring workshops and helping staff with various tasks. Contact OPA for more information.


  • APA Student Membership

Undergraduate psychology students can also check out the American Psychological Association and join as a student affiliate. There are two national honoraries for psychology majors, Psi Chi, and its sister honorary for community and junior college students, Psi Beta.


  • Graduate Psychology Degrees

Psychology offers wonderful choices for graduate study and careers. As a behavioral science and practice, psychology is on the cutting edge of human biological and social study and scientific discovery. With training in, one can be a scientist, researcher, teacher, clinician, administrator or all of the above. The American Psychological Association has prepared many helpful links and articles to explore. One helpful book about psychology careers is “Career Paths in Psychology” by Robert Sternberg.


  • Counseling or Clinical Psychology?

Both counseling and clinical psychology doctorate degrees are considered appropriate for psychology practice. The differences are described on the Society of Counseling Psychology’s website.


  • Graduate Psychology Degrees: Science and Practice Options


  • Practice Options: Basic Requirements

To practice psychology, that is, to assess and treat individual patients or clients, you must have a license issued by the state in which you work as a psychologist. Most states require a doctorate degree from an accredited university before you can apply for a psychology license.


  • What is the difference between PhD or PsyD?
    In Ohio, a doctorate in psychology can be either a PhD or PsyD in counseling or clinical psychology. The PhD. degree is the traditional doctorate which includes didactic classes on the biological, chemical, social, and psychological aspects of human behavior; qualitative and quantitative research and statistics; supervised practicum and internships; a master’s thesis and a doctoral dissertation, usually original research by the student. The PsyD is a relatively new type of doctorate designed to focus more of the learning on practice and less on research and teaching. As a rule, the PsyD is more appropriate for those who want to focus exclusively on practice. However, there are many exceptions to this rule and many PsyD graduates teach and do research and many PhD graduates only focus on practicing psychology. View the psychology programs offered in Ohio.



OPA offers many opportunities for learning, service, networking and professional development for Ohio psychology faculty. Special convention programming discounts are provided. Faculty members who refer students to join OPA can receive a free membership and other discounts through Recruitment Rewards.

Faculty who teach psychology at Ohio’s many small colleges and university may join the OPA Small College Roundtable. Undergraduate and graduate faculty at Ohio’s larger universities are invited to participate in one of OPA’s active committees, such as Science, Education, Advocacy, Practice or Public Interest. Ohio graduate faculty who serve as training or internship directors are invited to join OPA’s training and internship directors’ caucus. Contact OPA for more information.

  • OPA Convention Poster Judging

Faculty members are needed to be poster judges during OPA’s annual fall convention. The committee has a well-designed process, providing an interesting learning experience for the students and faculty. Contact OPA for more information.


  • Small College Roundtable Award for Academic Innovation

OPA offers an award that recognizes and promotes innovation in the classroom and/or curricular or co-curricular programming at small colleges. This recognition may be at the individual, departmental, or college level. Nominate yourself by visiting OPA’s awards page.


  • Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund

The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to support research and community based projects in honor of Dr. Sullivan’s work with APA, State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations and his commitment to multiculturalism. Applications are due January of each year.