OPA is governed by a Board of Directors of voting members elected by the membership of the Association. Five elected officers (President, Past-President, President-Elect, Finance Officer and the Representative to APA Council) serve on the Executive Committee. The Board is comprised of the officers, the chairs of the standing committees, the OPAGS Chair and the six regional representatives. Chairs of subcommittees, functional committees, task forces and liaisons from affiliated special interest groups also regularly attend Board meetings. If you are interested in becoming a member of the executive committee, review the Election Timeline and Reference Guide. The committees and task forces focus on a variety of issues pertaining to psychology including education, communications and technology, ethics and colleague assistance, social responsibility, public education, advocacy, diversity and more.
Peg Mosher received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Kent State University in 1992. Prior to entering full-time independent practice in 1998, Dr. Mosher was a co-owner of a comprehensive group practice in Worthington, Ohio. She served as clinical director and director of employee assistance programs and services. Currently, Dr. Mosher’s areas of clinical expertise include trauma and victimization, mood disorders, stress and anxiety management, gay and lesbian relationships and grief and loss. Dr. Mosher is active in several professional organizations, including APA (Divisions 17, 35, 42, 44, 56), EMDRIA, and COPA Past-President.
Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., ABPP, President-Elect
Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., ABPP, obtained his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and his law degree from Capital University Law School. He is licensed to practice psychology and law. Dr. Stinson is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and a Diplomate in forensic psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He has full clinical and special forensic hospital privileges at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus, Ohio, where he also serves on the hospital’s ethics committee. He is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University and supervises clinical psychology students from various university programs. Dr. Stinson holds membership in APA (and several of its divisions), OPA, and he is Past-President of the Central Ohio Psychological Association (COPA). In addition to working at Twin Valley, Dr. Stinson maintains a private practice, providing consultations and evaluations, specializing in clinical and forensic psychology.
Kathleen Ashton, Ph.D., Past-President, Education Committee Co-Chair, Oral History Project
Kathleen Ashton, Ph.D. is a health psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Ashton received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and completed her internship in health psychology at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Ashton’s clinical and research interests include binge eating disorder, bariatric surgery evaluation and perioperative treatment, sleep & weight issues, and the relationship of stress to physical illness. Dr. Ashton is also a member of the Committee on Social Responsibility and active in the APA Public Education Campaign. She has presented extensively to the public about the effects of stress on health, and to psychologists on the importance of public outreach.
Cathy L. McDaniels-Wilson, Ph.D., APA Council Representative, Foundation for Psychology in Ohio Chair
Cathy McDaniels Wilson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Xavier University. She is the director of dialogue at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also in private practice in Columbus, Ohio, where she works extensively with survivors of sexual trauma.
Nathan Tomcik, Ph.D., Finance Officer
Nathan Tomcik, Ph.D. is the Chief of Psychology at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center and has a private practice in Columbus, OH where he specializes in treating couples and families. He completed his M.A. in clinical psychology with an emphasis on couple and family therapy and finished his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Tennessee. His research has focused on the impact of infidelity on family functioning as well as the process by which couples recover from affairs. He finished his post-doctoral work at NorthKey Community Care in Covington, KYworking in the Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents and adults dually diagnosed with substance dependence and other Axis I conditions. He is a national training consultant with the Department of Veterans Affairs and supervises clinicians who are building competency in evidence based psychotherapy with couples. His most recent staff trainings have included such topics as the biological underpinnings of interpersonal attachment, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders and psychosocial factors associated with outcome in the treatment of severe mental illness.
Committee/Task Force Representatives and Liaisons
Christine Agaibi, MA, Ohio Women in Psychology Representative
Christine E. Agaibi, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology) candidate at The University of Akron was the 2010-12 president of Ohio Women in Psychology (OWP). Christine’s leadership service to OPA has extended to her Chair position (2009-10) of the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS). Prior to that Christine was also Chair-Elect of OPAGS (2008-09) and Diversity Chair for OPAGS (2007-08). As part of those positions, Christine attended two State Leadership Conferences (SLC) in Washington, D.C., to advocate for psychology on Capitol Hill. Additionally, Christine also attended SLC twice (in 2012 and 2013) as Ohio’s Diversity Delegate. Christine has also presented at several national, state, and local conferences. In addition, she has written several journal articles, book chapters, and articles for OPA on issues of resilience, spirituality and diversity, which are her interests in research and professional practice. Nationally, Christine has served as a Practice Representative for the American Psychological Association Division 17’s Section on Positive Psychology of Division 17 (2010-2014). Additionally, she is the current (2011-) Chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counseling Psychology for APA’s Division 17. As chair of this SIG Christine has held and chaired several programs at past APAs (most recently APA 2014) that bridge religion and spirituality and counseling psychology. Christine is also a member of nine APA Divisions, and several state and local psychological associations. Currently, as past OWP President and as current OWP Liaison to the OPA Board of Directors, Christine hopes to follow in the footsteps of great past OWP leaders to bring empowerment to women in psychology and to focus on addressing issues faced by women in psychology within and outside of OPA.
Kevin Arnold, Ph.D., ABPP, Internship Consortium
Dr. Arnold is the Director of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Columbus. He serves on the APA Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology, and is President of the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology and also President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology Specialty Council. He is the Vice-President of the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and will serve in the future on the advisory committee of the APAPO PAC. He also blogs for Psychology Today, and serves as an occasional contributor to Columbus Parent Magazine.
Richard M. Ashbrook has served as provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) since 2010. A faculty member at Capital University since 1986, Dr. Ashbrook previously served as department chair and academic dean. He earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland, and his M.A. and Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), and M.F.A. (Creative Writing) from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and received post-doctoral training in pediatric and health psychology. Dr. Ashbrook is the senior partner at Behavioral Science Specialists LLC, a medical and behavioral health consulting company that specialized in publicly funded demonstration grants and contract forensic, diagnostic, and disability services.
Mark Babula, Psy.D., Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists Representative
Mark Babula earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. He went on to earn his M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Babula’s specialty focus was Forensic Issues. He completed his internship within the University of Denver consortium, at an agency specializing in treatment and evaluation of people who committed sexual offenses. He moved to Illinois in 2007 to work at the Department of Human Services Treatment and Detention Facility. He earned licensure as a counselor and as a psychologist prior to returning to his hometown of Toledo. He worked through the state of Ohio at the Toledo Correctional Institution. He then transitioned into private practice. He has worked with clients spanning the age spectrum, including work within nursing homes. His current practice focuses on evaluation and treatment of adolescents and adults. His treatment approach typically involves CBT or mindfulness based behavioral therapy. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, with membership on the Communications and Technology Committee, and serves as the regional representative as a member of the Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists.
Jim Broyles, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in the Central Ohio area, where he works with individuals, children and families. Dr. Broyles received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a clinician, he also presents workshops and teaching sessions for professionals on how to counsel young people and families on LGBT issues. Dr. Broyles has a background as both a teacher and school psychologist, and has served as the past chair of OPA’s LGBT Task Force.
James Brush, Ph.D., LGBT Subcommittee Chair
Dr. Brush is a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychologist. He has been active in organized psychology at the local and state level, including serving on OPA’s Board of Directors and serving as OPA President.
Colin Christensen, Ph.D., Akron Area Professional Psychologists (AAPP) Representative
Colin Christensen, Ph.D., is a psychologist with Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in the Canton area. He specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Christensen earned his BS from Texas Wesleyan University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Akron. In addition to being the Akron Area Professional Psychologists representative to the OPA Board, he also is a member of the OPA Diversity Committee.
Marc B. Dielman, Ph.D., Communications and Technology Committee Chair
Michael Dwyer, Ph.D., Science Committee Chair
Michael D. Dwyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology. He began his postsecondary education at Yale University’s Institute for Far Eastern Languages graduating with a certification in Chinese. Dr. Dwyer earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Houston, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse he also took a concentration in Clinical Psychology. Postdoctorally, he completed his training through internships and fulfilling his supervised hours in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. He is a licensed Counseling Psychologist with an active consultancy on behalf of children and adolescents in schools, treatment centers and detention centers. He recently developed an early childhood intervention model involving the interaction of early brain development, infant assessment of temperament, and the formation of attachment relationships. He has applied the model in designing interventions for violent children and children with emotional problems in school settings, residential treatment centers, and in detention centers for delinquent children. (ECCAO—Expanding Children’s Caring About Others©) During this period he trained parents, teachers, psychology majors, detention officers, and the like about the importance of early intervention as the best strategy for developing normal interpersonal skills in children. Currently he is working in two applied research areas: Multicultural Competence in therapists, and in Risk, Protective Factors and Resilience in the developing brain, cognition and affect of children and adolescents. He has dedicated his professional career to making sure that people get a healthy start in life. If things go well in the beginning, then we are likely to adapt well when we grow up.
Todd Finnerty, Psy.D., APA Public Education Chair
Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.is a consultant for the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission reviewing Social Security Disability claims. Dr. Finnerty also has a private practice in Columbus, OH and is the president of a continuing education company for mental health professionals. Dr. Finnerty earned his BA from Niagara University in NY and his Psy.D. from Forest Institute in Missouri. He is active on Twitter as @DrFinnerty.
Catherine A. Gaw, Psy.D., Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Committee Chair, Membership Co-Chair & Cleveland Psychological Association Representative
Catherine A. Gaw, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and families at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to working with trauma, behavioral and emotional difficulties, Dr. Gaw has expertise in the area of autism spectrum disorders. She develops and conducts social thinking skills groups for children and teens on the autism spectrum and co-facilitates a multidisciplinary healthy lifestyle treatment program, Fit Youth, designed for families of overweight children and teens. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Divisions 53 and 31, American Orthopsychiatric Association, Autism Society of America, Play Therapy Association and past president for the Cleveland Psychological Association. Dr. Gaw’s involvement with the OPA includes membership on the Advocacy, LGBT, Membership and Education committees as well as the Oral History Project and the board of the Foundation for Psychology In Ohio.
Robin Graff-Reed, Ph.D., Psychology in the Workplace Network Representative
Dr. Robin Graff-Reed received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in August 2004. Prior to earning her doctoral degree, Dr. Graff-Reed completed a one-year clinical internship with the Cincinnati Veterans Health Care System, as well as a number of clinical training rotations in community settings and university counseling centers. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship with the VHA’s National Center for Organization Development, she is currently a staff psychologist and OD consultant for NCOD, where she participates in a variety of work place interventions including organizational assessments, work group facilitation, individual executive coaching assignments, leadership development and employee satisfaction. She brings a positive-psychology and interpersonal/developmental perspective to her understanding of individual performance.
Sarah Greenwell, Psy.D., Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology Representative
Sarah Greenwell, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University with an emphasis in Health Psychology. Dr. Greenwell’s clinical interests include childhood trauma, family therapy, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and learning disabilities. She is a member of the Academic Team at DDBP-CCHMC and runs the anxiety management group for children and teens. Prior to her joining CCHMC, she worked at Dayton Children’s where she was a member of the hospital’s Multidisciplinary Child Advocacy Team at CARE House and on a grant with the Department of Defense providing psychological services to children with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to being on the board of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology, she is also a member of the OPA Education Committee, APA Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology and the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
David Hayes, Ph.D., Federal Advocacy Coordinator & Liaison to the Ohio Board of Psychology
David Hayes is a clinical psychologist and consultant at JPMorgan Chase. Dr. Hayes earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University and then did a two-year specialty fellowship at the Menninger Foundation. His work in central Ohio over the last thirty years includes a number of public and private sector roles, including two terms as president of OPA. He is board certified in clinical psychology and is a fellow of the America Psychological Association. At JPMorgan Chase, Dr. Hayes leads an award winning effort to reduce domestic violence in the workplace.
Nicolette Howells, Ph.D., is clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and families at The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy of Greater Columbus, Inc. She also does psycho-educational testing for Ohio schools and is an adjunct faculty member at Ohio Dominican University. In addition to the Bullying Task Force, she also serves as a member of the Committee on Social Responsibility.
Dr. Kathleen Hutchinson is chair of the OPA Early Career Psychologist Committee. She received her doctorate from the University of Akron and is currently working part-time in private practice. She completed her post-doc at the Dayton VA in Primary Care and her internship at BYU’s Counseling Center. Dr. Hutchinson is a member of OPA, APA, APA Divisions 17 and 38, and the Dayton Area Psychological Association. She enjoys crafting, reading, and hiking.
Margie Kukor, Ph.D., Disaster Response Network, Central Ohio Psychological Association Representative
Dr. Kukor is the Senior Associate of Mental Health for the Service to the Armed Forces Division of the American Red Cross, as well as a Disaster Mental Health manager and Subject Matter Expert. In addition, she is part of the Community Crisis Response Team for Netcare Access in Columbus, OH and serves on the Ohio Crisis Response Team (OCRT). She has been on the faculty of Otterbein University and Maryville University, and as adjunct faculty at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus State Community College and University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has responded to a number of national disasters over the past 13 years and has trained numerous mental health professionals to respond to such events. Her clinical work spans more than 25 years in a variety of settings, often with a focus on trauma issues.
Mary M. Lewis, Ph.D., Committee on Social Responsibility Chair
Mary M. Lewis, Ph.D. is a tenure-track instructor in the Psychology Department at Columbus State Community College, and leads their Service Learning Project for the Human Growth and Development Across the Life-Span course. She also is the CSCC Faculty Fellow for Service Learning. Dr. Lewis is also a licensed psychologist and provides counseling and assessments in long-term care and rehabilitation with Senior Life Consultants, Inc. Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron and has graduate certification in gerontology. She is also a member of the OPA LGBT Subcommittee and the Governance Task Force. She is Past-President of Psychologists in Long-Term Care and a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Div 31, 17, 20, and 12/II. She also is a member of the Central Ohio Psychological Association and Ohio Women in Psychology. Dr. Lewis’ professional and research interests include social responsibility and social justice issues, end-of-life concerns for individuals with dementia, mental health and aging, and spirituality.
Wanda McEntyre, Ph.D., Diversity Committee Chair
Wanda McEntyre, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the Training Director for the Post-doctoral Fellowship, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. She is a board certified rehabilitation psychologist and has served as the Chair of the Ohio Psychological Association’s Diversity Committee since October 2010.
Dr. McEntyre received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at The Ohio State University in 1985 and she completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the N. Chicago VA. Before joining the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1990, she worked for the Industrial Commission, Rehabilitation Division.
Dr. McEntyre’s clinical interests include assessment and cognitive–behavioral treatment of adults with chronic pain, post-concussive syndrome, chronic disabling medical conditions and emotional adjustment to illness and disability. She also facilitates several support groups including a Stroke Support Group for survivors and their spouse, a Brain Injury Support Group and a Spouses of TBI Survivors Support Group.
Erich R. Merkle, Ph.D., Ed.S., NCSP, Ohio School Psychologists Association Representative
Dr. Erich Merkle is a specialist in comprehensive school psychological services within the educational arena for individuals ranging from infancy through adulthood. Within the school psychology specialty, Dr. Merkle has concentrated his work on consultation, evaluation, and intervention for students with severe social-emotional and behavioral needs that have resulted in substantial educational disciplinary sanctioning, expulsion, placement into residential facilities, or the judicial system. Dr. Merkle holds an APA accredited doctorate in school psychology and psychology, an educational specialist in educational administration, a master’s degree in mental health counseling, a master’s degree in human development, and a baccalaureate degree in psychology. He holds professional licensure as both a school psychologist and educational administrator as well as national certification as a school psychologist. Dr. Merkle commits himself to service within the professions of psychology and education, serving on the governance boards of numerous professional and community agencies. In 2014-15, Dr. Merkle is the current president of the Ohio School Psychologists Association (OSPA).
Kelly Obert, Ohio Psychological Association of Gradate Students (OPAGS)
Kelly Obert is a student at Wright State’s School of Professional Psychology. Prior to beocming a student at Wright State, Kelly worked as a master’s level therapist with the Seriously Mentally Ill population. Her experience with this population sparked her interest and participation in the development of sound mental health policy and programming for this often underserved group. Kelly’s clinical interests include the Seriously Mentally Ill population, Personality Disorders and and integrated health care treatment models. Her dissertation will explore how professional’s attitudes towards integrated care may affect health care outcomes. Kelly is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is level two trained in Eye Movement Desnsitization and Reprocessing. Kelly looks forward to her work with OPAGS and getting to know the psychology community in Ohio!
Patrick Palmieri, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress at Summa Health System, Akron, OH. Dr. Palmieri holds appointments as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Kent State University. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a clinical internship at the Danville (IL) VA Medical Center, a postdoctoral fellowship in quantitative psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been licensed in Ohio since 2006. Among Dr. Palmieri’s clinical and research interests are the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood, anxiety, and stress-related disorders; integration of primary and behavioral health care; risk and resilience factors of PTSD; the nature and trajectories of post-trauma responding; and the role of trauma and PTSD in physical health. He currently co-chairs the OPA Healthcare Reform Task Force and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Trauma Informed Care Advisory Committee.
Lynn Rapin, Ph.D., Personnel Committee Chair
Dr. Lynn Rapin is counseling and consulting psychologist practicing in Cincinnati. Dr. Rapin has served as the chair of the Personnel Committee for seven of the last eight years, providing volunteer consultation to the OPA executive director and staff. Lynn’s work with OPA has focused on developing strengths of the staff to maximize work potential within a positive work environment. Dr. Rapin is a past president of APA Division 49, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, and is a past president of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, a division of the American Counseling Association. In her consulting practice, Dr. Rapin specializes in longer-term organization interventions with social service agencies and non-profit organizations. In her private practice, Dr. Rapin works with adults and adolescents.
Brad Potts, Ph.D., Advocacy Committee Chair
Brad Potts’ professional work is in the field of public services Starting with his degree in Political Science and Economics from Bowling Green State University he served as a Congressional Intern and Page at the Ohio Senate. Upon graduation accepted a position with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission focusing on consumer issues, energy conservation and nuclear safety. In 1993 he earned a Master’s in Counseling from The Ohio State University and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in 1998, where he studies the role of optimism in cardiac rehabilitation. He interned VA Hospital Danville Ill., completing rotations in psychiatry, health psychology and neuropsychology.
In July 2000, he joined the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, as a Psychologist Supervisor overseeing outpatient services. He became involved in OPA in the spring of 2001, and was appointed to the Board of Governors as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee in 2011. In January 2013 he was appointed Vice Chair of the Psychiatry and Treatment subcommittee of the Attorney Generals Task on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness.
Lynne Rustad, Ph.D., Public Sector Issues Committee Chair
Lynne C. Rustad, Ph.D., was a research biologist before entering the graduate program at Case Western Reserve University from which she received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1975. She obtained specialty training in the emerging field of behavioral medicine on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of Cleveland VA Medical Center where she collaborated in the development of an innovative group program in sex re-education and counseling for cord-injured people. As a staff member, after moving from the SCI Unit to Cardiology Section, she continued for several years to provide psychological services to the medical center Sex Dysfunction Clinic and served on the Task Force on Sex and Disability of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Throughout her career, her clinical, training and research focus has been on the psychosocial and psychophysiologic aspects of medical illness. She provided consultation to acute and intensive care units and the HIV-AIDS program; was a member of the heart, liver and lung transplant teams and the Critical Care Committee and developed outpatient group programs in cardiac rehabilitation and congestive heart failure. Concerned about the growing impact of medical technology on seriously ill patients and their families, Dr. Rustad obtained training in bioethics and, in 1987, co-founded the Cleveland VA Bioethics Committee, serving as chair of the evolving program and Chief of the Bioethics Consultation Team until her VA retirement in 2005. Prior to that retirement, she was a member of the Headquarters working group that revised the VA national end-of-life policy. Dr. Rustad was also a founding member of the Bioethics Network of Ohio, serving on the BENO Board and chairing the Research Committee for many years.
Rose Mary Shaw, Psy.D., Dayton Area Psychological Association (DAPA) Representative
Rose Mary Shaw, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist with the Transitional Life Counseling: Assessment and Consultation firm, with offices in the Dayton area, where she has established an integrative health and wellness practice, working cooperatively with family physicians and local wellness practitioners. Dr. Shaw is also on the medical staff of the Kettering Health Network, Sleep Disorders Clinic at Sycamore Hospital. Dr. Shaw earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright State University and completed post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at the Indiana University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. She is a member of the Ohio Psychological Association Board of Directors and the current president of the Dayton Area Psychological Association. She is a member of the OPA Science Committee, and is active in the promotion of behavioral sciences at the high school level through involvement with local, regional and state science fairs and the Ohio Academy of Science.
David Schwartz, Ph.D., BWC Task Force Chair
Dr. David Schwartz earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University, specializing in behavioral medicine and Health Psychology. He was an intern and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has had medical school appointments at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Cincinnati. He has published and presented extensively in pain management and behavioral medicine. He has been in private practice since 1995 specializing in complex medically involved patients, and is currently a partner in Hamilton Health Associates, a multi-specialty practice focused on industrial injury. He is a consultant to the Freiberg Spine Institute and a member of the Disability Evaluation Panel for the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC). He presently serves as the Ohio Psychological Association and Ohio Board of Psychology’s representative on the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Health Care Quality Assurance Advisory Committee, and chairs the Ohio Psychological Association Task Force on Workers Compensation Reform.
Gerald Strauss, Ph.D., Prescription Privileges (RxP) Task Force Chair
Gerald Strauss, Ph.D. is a Clinical Health Psychologist with over 28 years of experience in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology. He is the Section Chief of Clinical Health Psychology and the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program Manager at the Louis Stoke Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center System, is co-director of the Bariatric Surgery Program, is the Director of the Health Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program, and has clinical and supervisory responsibilities in the outpatient medicine clinic and other management responsibilities at the Cleveland VA. Dr. Strauss is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Associate Director of the Inquiry Group (IQ) program there. He is an active researcher at the VA, has numerous publications, and has lectured widely on various topics including prescriptive authority for psychologists, motivational interviewing, diabetes, obesity, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Strauss is a former Board President of the Ohio Psychological Association and is currently Chair of the RxP Taskforce.
Thomas P. Swales, PhD, ABPP is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, and a clinical and forensic psychologist/neuropsychologist with Psychological and Behavioral Consultants. Dr. Swales is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Miami (FL); internship in clinical psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute; and Epic fellow in clinical informatics at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Swales served as a technical advisor on behavioral health quality measures to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was also chairperson of the behavioral health subcommittee of Better Health Greater Cleveland, which has endorsed yearly depression screening of all patients in Northeast Ohio with chronic health conditions using the PHQ-9. He is currently serving on the OPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Professional Practice Committee, and OPA Political Action Committee; and a member of the medical advisory board of NAMI Greater Cleveland.
Elizabeth V. Swenson, Ph.D., JD, Ethics Committee Co-Chair
Dr. Swenson is a Professor of Psychology at John Carroll University. She earned her BS from Tufts University, MA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University in educational psychology, and J.D. from Cleveland State University. Her teaching interests are in professional ethics, legal psychology, children and families in the legal system, and the effects of hospitalization on children’s development. Dr. Swenson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She is a psychology department consultant for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and a team leader/consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.