Kathleen Ashton, Ph.D., President
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.
Margaret Richards Mosher, Ph.D., President-Elect, Membership Committee Chair
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, EMDRIA, ISST-D and COPA.
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.
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., is a doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate at The University of Akron in and is the 2010-12 president of Ohio Women in Psychology (OWP). Christine’s leadership service to OPA has extended to her chair position last year (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 has attended two State Leadership Conferences in Washington, D.C., to advocate for psychology on Capitol Hill. Christine has also presented at and attended several national and state and local conferences. In addition, she has written several journal articles and articles for OPA on issues of resilience, spirituality and diversity, which are her interests in research and professional practice. Nationally, Christine has recently been elected to serve as a practice co-representative for the American Psychological Association Division 17’s Section on Positive Psychology of Division 17. Christine is also a member of seven APA Divisions, and several state and local psychological associations. Currently, during her OWP Presidency, 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.
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.
Howard Bonem, Ph.D., Insurance Committee Chair
James Brush, Ph.D., LGBT Subcommittee Chair
James Brush is presently living and working overseas, after having a practice in Child and Adolescent Psychology and General Clinical Psychology in Cincinnati for 27 years. 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 for 15 years and serving as OPA President. Until recently, he served as the chair of the Education Committee and took on the role of LGBT Subcommittee Chair when he moved to Angola. He now resides in Ankara Turkey.
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 and the OPA Finance 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.
Audrey Ellenwood, Ph.D., Publications Chair
Audrey E. Ellenwood, PhD is Co-chair of Communications & Technology Committee and Coordinator of the School Psychology program at Youngstown State University. Dr. Ellenwood has been a licensed psychologist since 1988 and has a clinical private practice in Sylvania, Ohio. Her specialties include family, couple and individual therapy, psychological/neuropsychological assessment, traumatic brain injury, Tourettes, neonatal/preschool assessment, attention deficit evaluations, college evaluations, Autism, bariatric pre-surgical assessment for laparoscopic banding and gastric by-pass, women’s support groups, and dealing with children’s behavioral or emotional issues. She has served as president for various local, state, national and international psychological associations. Dr. Ellenwood has helped develop Ohio’s telepsychology guidelines.
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 & 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 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 Liaison
Dr. David Hayes is a clinical psychologist and consultnt 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 20 years plus includes a number of public and private sector roles, including two terms as president of OPA. He is board certified in clinical psychology, and a fell of the America Psychological Association. At JPMorgan Chase, Dr. Hayes leads an award winning collaboration effort to reduce domestic violence in the workplace.
Kathleen Hutchinson, Ph.D., Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair
Dennis Kogut, Ph.D., Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists Representative
Dr. Kogut earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo. Shortly thereafter, he founded the mental health practice that developed into Central Behavioral Healthcare, of which he is President. He developed and co-facilitates the CoPE program, which assists divorcing and divorced parents to refocus on the welfare of their children rather than on conflict between them. Dr. Kogut specializes in psychotherapy for phobias, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic disorder, depression, relationship issues, and marital problems. He is an examiner for the Bureau of Workers Compensation and the Industrial Commission of Ohio, where he serves as a consultant for disability determination. Because of his many years of collaboration with primary care physicians, he receives referrals to help people suffering from both medical and psychological disorders and assists with adjustment to chronic illness.
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 a licensed psychologist and provides counseling and assessments to long-term care and nursing home residents with Senior Life Consultants, Inc. Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron and has graduate certification in gerontology. She previously served as chair of the Committee on Social Responsibility and is also a member of the LGBT Subcommittee. 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. She is President of Psychologists in Long-Term Care (2011-2013) and a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Div 31, 17, 20, and 12/II, and COPA.
Wanda McEntyre, Ph.D., Diversity Committee Chair
Dr. Wanda McEntyre received her PhD from The Ohio State University in counseling psychology in 1985. She has been an assistant professor-clinical at OSU in the department of physical medicine & rehabilitation since October 1990. Dr. McEntyre is board certified (ABPP) in rehabilitation psychology and works with individuals and their families following disabling medical conditions or injuries.
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 educational licensure as both a school psychologist and K-12 administrator as well as national certification as a school psychologist. In addition, Dr. Merkle previously served as a clinical mental health counselor with professional competencies in marital/family therapy and comprehensive mental health assessment. Dr. Merkle commits himself to service within the professions of psychology and education, serving on the governance boards of numerous professional and community agencies.
Terri Pelley, Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS) Chair
Terri is a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. Clinically, she is interested in working with patients throughout the lifespan who experience severe mental illness and/or health complications. She is also passionate about working with minorities in community settings to help children gain access to mental health treatment. Likewise, her research focuses on community and health psychology. She is currently working on her dissertation which examines risk, protective factors, and resilience of Latino youth living in a nontraditional destination area. Terri joined the OPA board in 2012 because she was looking for a way to get involved in the field of psychology beyond her day-to-day clinical and research work. She is looking forward to serving Ohio graduate students this year as chair and is open to any feedback regarding how the board can better serve doctoral students in Ohio.
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 is a psychologist with a background in public service. In 1987 graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in political science and a minor in economics. There he attended the United Nations in New York, interned for Congressman Michael DeWine and served as a Page for State Senator David Hobson. Upon graduation he worked for the Ohio Public Utilities Commission on consumer issues, energy conservation and nuclear safety. He obtained his Master’s in Counseling from The Ohio State University in 1993 and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in 1998. 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, where he serves as a Psychologist Supervisor at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution overseeing outpatient services. He became involved in OPA in the spring of 2001, attended several Legislative Day events 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 with the University Psychological Services Associates, Inc., with offices in the Dayton and Columbus area, where she has established an integrative health and wellness practice, working cooperatively with family physicians and local wellness practitioners. She also serves on the clinical faculty at the Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Shaw is also the principal officer of the Transitional Life Counseling: Assessment and Consultation firm, where she conducts independent medical evaluations. Dr. Shaw earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright State University and completed post-doctoral training 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 Ohio 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.
Joshua W. Shuman, Psy.D., Education Chair
Joshua W. Shuman earned his B.A. from Franklin College in Franklin, IN and his M.A. and Psy.D. from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta. He completed his internship at Wright State University, where he completed rotations in college counseling, outpatient community mental health, and psychiatric inpatient. Since completing internship in 2006, Dr. Shuman completed informal postdoctoral work at Upper Valley Medical Center (Troy, OH), and, after attaining licensure in 2008, worked at Upper Valley as a staff psychologist before working for a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (Dayton, OH). Dr. Shuman currently is a staff psychologist at the Dayton VA Medical Center, where an additional responsibility is being the Practicum Coordinator for the psychology training program. Dr. Shuman has experience in projective and objective personality assessments, LD/MR and transplant evaluations, and interpersonal/dynamic and CT/CBT, DBT, and CPT psychotherapies. Dr. Shuman is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA’s Division 12, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Dayton Area Psychological Association. Dr. Shuman is licensed as a psychologist and serves as a non-voting member of the Ethics Committee of the Ohio Psychological Association. He also serves as the Chair of the newly-formed OPA Early Career Psychologists Committee.
Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., A.B.P.P., Ethics Committee Chair
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.
Gerald Strauss, Ph.D., Prescription Privileges (RxP) Task Force Chair
Gerald Strauss, Ph.D. is a Clinical Health Psychologist with over 24 years of experience in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology. He is the Section Chief of Clinical Health Psychology and the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Manager at the Louis Stoke Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center System (one medical center and 13 outpatient clinics), is co-director of the Bariatric Surgery Program, 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 motivational interviewing, 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, Ph.D., Political Action Committee Chair
Thomas P. Swales, Ph.D., ABPP is director of the Psychological Assessment Center at MetroHealth Medical Center, and an assistant professor of psychiatry, psychology and pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University. He is Board-certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Swales has served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Cleveland Psychological Association.
Courtney Zeune, Psy.D., Professional Practice Committee Chair
Dr. Courtney Zeune earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology following the completion of an APA-approved internship at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist working within a group private practice in Columbus, Ohio. She provides individual, couple’s, and family therapy to adolescents and adults who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, work-life balance, grief, stress management, and life transitions. Additionally, she specializes in the treatment of women’s issues, particularly body image concerns and disordered eating behaviors. She is also a Psychological Consultant for the Division of Disability Determination reviewing applications for Social Security Disability claims. As Chair of the Professional Practice Committee, Courtney looks forward to advancing the professional interests of psychology practitioners in Ohio.