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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.
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Thomas P. Swales, PhD, ABPP, - President
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.
Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, LICDC-CS, ABPP - Past-President | Awards & Oral History 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.
Mary Miller Lewis, PhD - President-Elect | Elections Committee, 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.
Eric L. Sullivan, PhD - Finance Officer
Dr. Eric Sullivan earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He has ten years of research experience in a variety of areas, but has primarily researched and published in the areas of sleep and and stress. Clinically, Dr. Sullivan has experience working at two VA medical centers, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and two counseling centers. He has also worked for the National Center for Organization Development in the Veterans Health Administration doing organization development and coaching work. He currently works at the Columbus, Ohio VA Ambulatory Care Center. Dr. Sullivan’s primary areas of expertise include sleep (especially insomnia), stress (psychological and physiological), and trauma (particularly Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).
David Hayes, PhD, ABPP, 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.
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Mark A. Babula, PsyD - 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 R. Broyles, PhD - Insurance Committee, Chair | Marketing Task Force, Chair
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 J. Brush, PhD - LGBT Sub-Committee, 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.
Gary Carrington, PhD - Diversity Committee, Chair
Dr. Carrington has served as Counseling Faculty and Full Professor at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) since 2000. Dr. Carrington earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Master’s in Counseling from Kent State University. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Baccalaureate of Arts degree in Psychology. He is a Licensed Clinical Counselor with a Supervision designation in the State of Ohio and has experience in individual and family therapy, supervision and consultation. Dr. Carrington is also a Licensed Psychologist as approved by the State Board of Psychology (Ohio). He has presented at national, regional, state and local conferences on topics of supervision, multicultural diversity, ethics and a number of other psycho-educational topics. Dr. Carrington is a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Ohio Psychological Association (OPA), and Association of Black Psychologist (ABPsi). He is serves as Board Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Chapter. He is a Lifetime Member of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc.
Colin H. Christensen, PhD - Akron Area Professional Psychologists, 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.
Jonathan Cleveland, PhD - Dayton Area Psychological Association, Representative
Dr. Cleveland is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, and is also the director of training at Cordell Associates, LLC, a group practice in Dayton. After earning a B.A. in psychology from Kent State University, Dr. Cleveland went on to complete his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. His predoctoral internship was completed at the South Florida Consortium Internship Program (SFCIP), an APA-approved site. While much of Dr. Cleveland's clinical work is in the area of adult personality pathology, he also treats mood and anxiety disorders. His current research focuses on the relationship between non-pathological dissociation and other states of consciousness.
Ashley Debeljak - Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS) Committee, Chair
Ashley Debeljak is a fourth year doctoral student at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. She held the Chair-Elect position in 2015-2016 before becoming Chair of the OPAGS 2016-2017 Board. Her current practicum is at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, providing psychological assessment and intervention for children with gastrointestinal disorders. Her research focuses on the relationship between psychological health and gastrointestinal disorders. Her goals are to pursue a career in pediatric psychology.
Marc B. Dielman, PhD - Communication / Technology Committee, Chair
Dr. Dielman is a psychologist licensed by the State of Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a Ph.D. in School Psychology and a major emphasis in Family Therapy. He has had extensive training in brief therapy through the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Dielman works with a wide range of problems in children, adolescents, and adults. He has experience in working with couples and family difficulties, as well as individual problems. Dr. Dielman has extensive experience in psychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults in identifying ADHD, learning disabilities, emotional problems, and assessing for memory loss.
Jerome Gabis, PhD - Education Committee, Chair
Dr. Jerome A. Gabis, Psy. D. is a licensed psychologist with an interest in helping older adults, their families, and their caregivers address the problems, issues, and decisions affecting them. He is a 1993 graduate of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has received training in a variety of clinical settings. His doctoral internship included rotations in the general practice of psychology as well as specialized rehab training in the assessment and treatment of persons affected by strokes, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma.
Dr. Gabis devotes most of his professional practice helping the elderly and their families address the changes affecting them. He and the staff of Legacy Psychological Services provide psychological and consulting services to residents and staff of several long term care and retirement communities. He also maintains a general practice in psychology at Legacy’s North College Hill clinic. Prior to his entering the field of psychology, Dr. Gabis served as a Catholic priest for 10 years in Southeastern Ohio.
Dr. Gabis is a member of Psychologists in Long-term Care, and the American and Ohio Psychological Associations. He also co-chairs the Ohio Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee. For over 20 years, he has volunteered with the Cincinnati area Alzheimer’s Association as a Family Support Group facilitator and facilitator trainer. He also volunteers in community building efforts in his church and neighborhood.
Catherine A. Gaw, PsyD - Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Committee Chair | Cleveland Psychological Association, Representative | Ohio Women in Psychology, 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, PhD - 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.
Dawn Graham, PhD - Public Sector Issues Committee, Chair
Dawn Graham PhD is the Young Child Wellness Council Coordinator for Project LAUNCH and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Graham earned a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science: Counseling from Valparaiso University in 1999, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2010. Clinical experience has included working at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Michigan City Area Schools, Purdue University, Porter Starke Community Mental Health and Logansport State Psychiatric Hospital. Her areas of interest include creativity and mental health, community psychology, and health and wellness.
Sarah A. Greenwell, PsyD - Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychologists, 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.
Kathleen T. Heinlen PhD - Ohio Psychologist Editor (Communication / Technology Sub-Committee)
Dr. Kathleen Heinlen has served as an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) since 2010. Dr. Heinlen is a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervision endorsement. She has presented at state and national conferences on the topics of Traumatic Brain Injury, Veterans, Caregiver Issues, Grief, Attachment Disorder, Clinical Ethics, Telepsychology, Trauma, Mindfulness, Suicide and Self-Care.
Joyce Jadwin, PhD- Public Education Coordinator
Joyce E. Jadwin, PsyD, serves as the Assistant Director of Faculty Development for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. In addition, she maintains a small private practice in Grandview, Ohio. Academically, Dr. Jadwin graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Otterbein University, a M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership/Student Affairs, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University. She has spent over 20 years working within higher education in a variety of administrative and teaching roles. Clinically, she has provided psychotherapy and assessment services to incarcerated women, college students, and the community. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for diversity and equity, interprofessional health care, and lifelong learning. Her professional involvement includes engagement on the Governance Task Force, Advocacy Committee, and the Health Care Reform Task Force within the Ohio Psychological Association, and she has presented various workshops at national associations including the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
Marjorie Kukor, PhD - 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.
Cathy McDaniels-Wilson, PhD - Colleague Assistance Program, Chair
Dr. McDaniels-Wilson is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. She is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Xavier University. Dr. McDaniels-Wilson research interests include sexual trauma, obesity and body image, incest and rape, behavioral medicine, and attention deficit disorder. She has published articles in journals like The Business Review, Violence Against Women and The International Journal of Africana Studies to name a few. Dr. McDaniels-Wilson went to the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She belongs to the American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologist, Ohio Psychological Association and Ohio Psychological Association.
Erich R. Merkle, PhD, NCSP - Ohio School Psychologists Association, Representative | Bullying Task Force, Chair
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).
Angela N.R. Miller, PhD - RxP Task Force, Chair
Angela N. R. Miller, PhD, MPH is a clinical health psychologist in private practice with Western Reserve Psychological Associates in Stow, Ohio. She is also Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University. Dr. Miller received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University and her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Wichita State University. She completed her internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine/ CAMC and her postdoctoral residency in Clinical Health Psychology/ Specialty Medicine at the Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC. She is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Miller is active in several professional organizations including APA (Divisions 42, 38, 55), OPA, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is the current chair of the OPA RxP Committee and is currently pursuing a postdoctoral Master of Science degree in clinical psychopharmacology.
Peg Richards Mosher, PhD - Membership Committee, Chair | Oral History 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 (Divisions 17, 35, 42, 44, 56), EMDRIA, and COPA Past-President.
Bradley K. Potts, PhD - 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.
Lynn S. Rapin, PhD - Personnel Consultant to Staff
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.
David Schwartz, PhD - Bureau of Workers' Compensation 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.
Rose Mary Shaw, PsyD - Science Committee, Chair
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.
Elizabeth Swenson, PhD, JD - Ethic Committee, 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