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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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board of directors
Erich R. Merkle, PhD, NCSP | President | Ohio School Psychologists Association, Representative
Oversees the following committees:
- BWC Task Force
- Personnel Representative
- Planning and Development
- Policy and Procedures
Dr. Erich Merkle is presently is the central office school psychologist for the Akron Board of Education where he oversees the Pupil Adjustment Program (PAP) between the Departments of Student Support Services and Office of Special Education. 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. He is also a frequent professional development trainer on a diversity of topics that represent the intersection of psychology and education as well as the legal aspects of those practices. Dr. Merkle holds an APA accredited and NASP approved doctorate (Ph.D.) in school psychology and psychology, an educational specialist (Ed.S.) in educational administration, a master's degree (M.Ed.) in mental health counseling, and a master's degree (M.A.) in human development, all from Kent State University as well as a baccalaureate degree (B.S.) in psychology from Heidelberg University. He holds professional licensure as both a school psychologist and educational administrator as well as national certification as a school psychologist (NCSP). Dr. Merkle commits himself to service within the professions of psychology and education, serving on the governance boards of numerous professional and community agencies. During 2014-15, Dr. Merkle was the President of the Ohio School Psychologists Association (OSPA) and in 2019, he serves as the President of the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA). He is also the shared Association liaison between OSPA and OPA. Dr. Merkle has participated in numerous media interviews over his career on a diverse set of psychoeducational topics. He is also the recipient of the Ohio Public Sector Psychologist of the Year and President Awards from the Ohio Psychological Association.
Katharine Hahn Oh, PhD | Past President | Oral History Committee
Oversees the following committees:
- Oral History Committee
- Special Projects
Katharine Hahn Oh, PhD is a psychologist at Oberlin College Counseling Center. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Akron Counseling Center. She uses feminist, relational cultural, and gestalt approaches to therapy, with particular interest in LGBTQ concerns, Asian and Asian American identity, and interpersonal trauma. Katharine initiated the Oberlin Suicide Prevention Coalition in 2012, with a grant from the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health. Her writing and research interests include sense of belonging, vicarious traumatization, and social class.
Katharine is interested in enhancing sense of belonging, engagement, and leadership development for psychologists within their professional organizations. She is the current Vice President for Communications for the Society of Counseling Psychology and serves as the Divisions Representative on the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP). Previously, she served as SCP’s ECP Committee Chair and Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Division 35’s Program Chair, and as a member of the APAGS Convention Committee.
Cynthia Van Keuren, PsyD | President-Elect | Communication / Technology Committee, Acting Chair | Nominating Committee
Oversees the following committees:
Cynthia Van Keuren, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology at Xavier University in 2003. She then completed her predoctoral internship at the Cleveland VA in 2003 before moving on to a two year residency in chronic pain rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After spending 15 years at the Cleveland VA, Dr. Van Keuren is now a staff psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute. Her primary interests are in chronic pain management, adapting and coping with disability, headache management, and program development. She is currently serving as the President-Elect for the Ohio Psychological Association.
Brandon Kozar, PsyD MBA | Finance Officer
Oversees the following committees:
- Finance Committee
- New Financial Stream Task Force
Dr. Brandon Kozar is a licensed psychologist specializing in emotional intelligence, leadership, and work-related stress and burnout. He is a senior consultant for Unfinished Business, the management consulting division of Matrix, specializing in executive workplace personality assessment, team-based assessment, and management coaching services. A popular consultant of human resource professionals, Dr. Kozar is frequently sought after for guidance on managing employee/team work behaviors. He is a frequent presenter to many Columbus-based organizations and maintains a full caseload of clients consisting mostly of business professionals. He is a regular behavioral expert on television for the local Columbus ABC and Fox News Affiliates. Finally, he is a clinical supervisor for post-doctoral fellows at Matrix. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Kozar graduated Magna Cum Laude from John Carroll University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology. He then concurrently achieved his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his Master’s in Business Administration from Wright State University. In 2009, Dr. Kozar completed his APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at The University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been with Matrix Psychological Services since 2009. A proponent of wellness initiatives and positive psychology, he enjoys living an active lifestyle with his wife Allison and their son, Connor.
David Hayes, PhD, ABPP | Federal Advocacy Co-Coordinator | Liaison to the Ohio Board of Psychology | Policy and Procedures Committee
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.
Catherine Golden, PhD | Federal Advocacy Co-Coordinator
Dr. Golden received her PhD from Ohio University in 2009. She has been working as a psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs since that time and is currently employed by the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center where she runs a psychosocial residential treatment program for persons with serious mental illness and dual substance issues. She is particularly interested in differential diagnosis of severe mental illness and recovery-oriented systems of treatment. On a personal level, her life is enriched by her marriage to a social psychologist who she met during her graduate training as well as spending time with their two young daughters.
Cathy McDaniels-Wilson, PhD | APA Council Representative
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.
Marc B. Dielman, PhD | Vice President Communications
Oversees the following committees:
- Akron Area Professional Psychologists
- Communication and Technology Committee
- Disaster Relief Network
- Marketing Task Force
- Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards
- Public Education Coordinator
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.
Elizabeth Harris, PhD | Vice President Diversity
Oversees the following committees:
- Diversity Committee
- Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychologists
- LGBT Subcommittee
- Social Responsibility Committee
Elizabeth Harris, PhD is a licensed psychologist and senior clinical instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Her special interests include sociocultural and systemic stressors, ADHD, co-morbid anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and parent-child relationships. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo, a master’s in psychology and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Walden University. She completed her psychology training at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, University Hospitals Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in a Cleveland Westside-based private practice. She was recognized for an excellent non-empirical poster submission at the 2013 Cleveland Psychological Association graduate poster session and she was the winner of the 2015 Ohio Psychological Association Convention graduate student poster session. Her research was published in the July 2015 edition of the Ohio Psychologist.
Catherine A. Gaw, PsyD | Vice President Membership | Rural Health Task Force, Co-Chair
Oversees the following committees:
- Cleveland Area Psychological Association
- Early Career Psychologists
- Ethics Committee
- Leadership Development Academy
- Membership Committee
- Ohio Women in Psychology
- Public Sector
Catherine A. Gaw, PsyD 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.
Virginia Fowkes Clark, PhD | Vice President Professional Practice | Insurance Committee, Chair
Oversees the following committees:
- Advocacy Committee
- Federal Advocacy Coordinator
- Insurance Committee
- Legislative Day
- Political Action Committee
- Professional Practice Committee
- RxP Committee
- Toledo Area Academy of Professional Psychologists
Dr. Virginia Fowkes Clark is a clinical psychologist who provides treatment to clients of all ages with a specialty in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Areas of practice include treating children, adolescents and adults with depression or anxiety, coping with family members with alcoholism or addictions and women's issues. She also performs psychological evaluations and testing. Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio). Since 2014, she has owned and operated a group private practice, Western Reserve Psychological Associates, Inc. She is presently the chair of the OPA Insurance Committee and the Vice President of Practice.
Kimberly Burkhart, PhD | Vice President Science and Education | Science Committee, Chair
Oversees the following committees:
- Dayton Area Psychological Association
- Education Committee
- Mandatory Continuing Education
- OSPA Liaison
- Science Committee
Dr. Kimberly Burkhart is a clinical psychologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. She specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders and various forms of trauma and child maltreatment. Her areas of research interest include violence prevention and intervention, trauma, parenting interventions, and the integrated/collaborative care model. She has been the recipient of regional and national grant funding and has authored numerous publications. She is a member of APA Divisions 37 and 54.
Alexandra Smith | President, Ohio Psychological Association Graduate Students
Alexandra Smith is a third year clinical psychology doctorate student at Case Western Reserve University. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University. Alexandra’s clinical and research interests focus on the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in children and parents. She is particularly interested in how family functioning, including parenting practices and familial traits, contribute to these disorders in both populations. Currently, she is on placement at the Cleveland Clinic’s ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment. Alexandra is looking forward to serving on the OPAGS board this year as Chair.
committee, subcommittee, task force and affiliate chairs
Kimberly E. Anzek, PhD | Marketing Task Force, Chair
Kim Anzek, PhD earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Walden University. She completed a practicum at CADAS (Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services) and an internship and postdoctoral residency with Cordell and Associates, which focused on child and family assessment and therapy. Dr. Anzek is also a Registered Polysomnographic Technician and has a master’s degree from Tiffin University in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology. She has had experience working with a variety of presenting problems, as well as children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Anzek’s clinical interests include: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavior issues, academic struggles, sleep disorders, parenting, depression, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Anzek utilizes an integrative model. In addition to therapy, Dr. Anzek conducts psychological assessments for a variety of presenting problems.
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 Broyles, PhD | Leadership Development Academy, Co-Chair
Jim has been a psychologist in private practice since 1990. Dr. Broyles recieved his doctorate from The Ohio State University and is the President of the Ohio Psychological Association. Jim specializes in working with children, families, and individual adults on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, couples/relationship issues, family conflict, parenting challenges, and divorce issues. Dr. Broyles also specializes in practicing hypnotherapy; a tool used in helping individuals release past traumas, move past longstanding negative patterns, and overcome negative habits.
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.
Bailey Bryant, PsyD | Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychologists, Representative
Dr. Bryant’s orientation toward individual therapy has a strong humanistic flavor. In addition to a humanistic influence, she also incorporates many Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, positive psychology interventions, and strongly encourages patients to take care of their Minds, Bodies, and Spirits. She has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and dual diagnoses (mental health and substance use diagnoses).
Melissa Buelow, PhD | Mandatory Continuing Education Committee, Chair
Melissa Buelow is an assistant professor at the Newark campus of The Ohio State University. She attended the University of Richmond for her undergraduate studies and Ohio University for her graduate studies, earning her B.S. in 2003, her M.S. in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (emphasis in neuropsychology, health psychology, and applied quantitative psychology) in 2009. After her graduate studies, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. At the Newark campus, Dr. Buelow teaches Introductory Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, and courses in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Buelow's research program focuses on decision making and other executive functions. Specifically, she investigates emotionally-based decision making, its predictors, and its outcomes.
Laura Burns, PhD | Education Committee, Chair
Dr. Burns is a licensed psychologist and an independently licensed counselor. She works with adult and geriatric populations. She completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic. During that time, she was the lead researcher on a study of latrogenic addiction and also participated in a study comparing rates of recovery between pain populations. During her time at Cleveland State University, she researched trauma related to 9-11 and the impact of patient perception of mental health diagnosis on medication adherence. She has clinical experience working with patients dealing with chronic pain, trauma, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. She participated in the design of a treatment program specifically for women Dr. Burns is trained in both cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy methods. She provides clinical intake assessments, cognitive evaluations, psychological evaluations for various pain management procedures and individual therapy. Dr. Burns completed undergraduate and master level training at John Carroll University and received her Ph.D. from Cleveland State University.
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.
Justin Dewberry, PsyD | Planning and Development Committee, Co-Chair
Justin A. Dewberry, PsyD earned his degree in Clinical Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and is a licensed psychologist in Ohio. He has been with the VHA National Center for Organization Development since 2011, first as a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011 – 2013) and now as an OD Consultant and Staff Psychologist. He is a member of the Society for Consulting Psychology and the OD Network. He has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Justin is interested in leadership development, executive coaching, executive team development, change management, and organizational healing.
Maria Espinola, PsyD | Diversity Committee, Chair
Maria Espinola, PsyD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersection of multicultural issues, gender, and trauma. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, her pre-doctoral fellowship in multicultural psychology at Boston University School of Medicine, and her post-doctoral fellowship in women’s psychology and trauma psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Espinola is the chair the Diversity Committee at the Ohio Psychological Association and serves on the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Medical Expert Panel, the Latino Faculty Association Executive Board, and the University of Cincinnati President’s Diversity Council.
Howard Fradkin, PhD | Prevention and Wellness Program Committee, Chair
Howard Fradkin, PhD, LICDC-CS has counseled over 1500 survivors of sexual victimization during his 37-year career. He has educated over 2,500 professional colleagues on male sexual trauma. He provides expert consultation for the Ohio and Federal Public Defenders Office. In 2018, he retired after serving 15 years as Co-Chairperson of the Weekends of Recovery program and retired after 35 years from his private practice, Affirmations Psychological Services. He authored Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, published in 2012. He serves as Chairperson of the OPA Colleague Assistance Program and is a member of the Ethics Committee.
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.
Adrienne Jett, PsyD | Membership Committee, Co-Chair
Adrienne Jett PsyD earned her doctorate in 2014 and completed her post-doctoral training in community mental health in 2015. Currently, she is employed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and specializes in working with forensic populations. Dr. Jett is chair of the OPA Early Career Psychologist Committee.
Kathryn Jones PhD | Cleveland Psychological Association, Representative
Kathryn Jones, PhD, currently works in integrated pediatric primary care with the Cleveland Clinician Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health at their Independence Family Health Center. She completed her doctoral degree at Tulane University in School Psychology, her internship with the Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium, and post-doctoral fellowship with Geisinger Health System. She is a fellow of the Ohio Psychological Association Leadership Development Academy.
Kelly Martincin, PhD | Public Sector Issues Committee, Chair
Kelly Martincin, PhD is a health psychologist for the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA and currently works for primary care mental health integration at a community based outpatient clinic. Her areas of expertise include neurocognitive disorders and chronic pain, though she has completed training in a wide array of concerns for integrated behavioral health. Dr. Martincin completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at Cleveland State University, trained at the Hampton VAMC in Hampton, Virginia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in chronic pain at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She currently serves as co-chair of the Public Sector Interest committee for OPA.
Wanda McEntyre, PhD, ABPP | Leadership Development Academy, Co-Chair
As a rehabilitation psychologist, my focus is in an area of medicine that involves restoring function related to both physical and cognitive, or thinking-related challenges. These challenges may be due to chronic illness or newly acquired injuries and disabilities. My patients face conditions that affect everyday functioning in several areas of their lives. I provide emotional support while helping them develop coping skills. My job is very rewarding because when a patient is participating in rehab therapy, there is always hope for positive change. Our team approach enables us to do more for each patient. We bring together varied skills and expertise. This helps individuals reach their maximum level of independence and function. I enjoy working with great colleagues and other professionals at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They expand my knowledge and encourage me to be my best. In my free time, I relax with my family, travel, read or take in a movie. I enjoy the great outdoors, and I also love attending Ohio State football games.
Angela Miller, PhD | RxP Task Force, Chair
Dr. Angela Miller is a clinical health psychologist who provides treatment for adolescents and adults. She is credentialed as a National Register Health Service Psychologist and practices in the areas of health and clinical psychology. Dr. Miller uses a variety of approaches in her work to tailor the intervention to the needs of the individual. She uses motivational interviewing, behavioral modification, biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy techniques. When needed, testing is incorporated with treatment, and assessments are made in the areas of intelligence, personality, and cognitive functioning. Areas of practice include the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, medical treatment phobias, disability, chronic pain, chronic illness, eating disorders, obesity, infertility and pregnancy loss, sleep disorders, and the evaluation and management of neurocognitive (memory and thinking) changes. She performs pre-surgical evaluations (gastric bypass, spinal cord stimulator, etc.) as well as evaluation of memory problems, and personnel selection and consultation to businesses, government and safety forces. Dr. Miller also practices wellness coaching in which she helps individuals/groups improve their athletic performance and communication, manage stress, and adopt healthy behaviors.
Peg Mosher, PhD | Leadership Development Academy, Co-Chair | Rural Health Task Force, Co-Chair
Peg Richards Mosher, PhD is a past president of OPA and current co-chair of the OPA Leadership Development Academy (LDA). Dr. Mosher is a counseling psychologist in independent practice in Worthington, Ohio. Her areas of specialization include complex trauma, dissociative and affective disorders.
Bradley K. Potts, PhD | Advocacy Committee, Chair | Legislative Day Planning 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.
Brittany Sommers, PhD | Early Career Psychologist Committee, Chair
Brittany Sommers, PhD received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University. She has experience working with diverse clients in community and university settings. Currently, she is a psychologist at Cleveland State University’s Counseling Center where she offers individual and couples therapy, coordinates the group offerings, and provides training and supervision. She also sees clients at DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC in Beachwood, Ohio, which specializes in treating sexual concerns. Her clinical interests include emotion regulation, mood disorders, relational concerns, nonsuicidal self-injury, sexuality, and trauma. She has conducted research on the topics of distress tolerance, self-injurious behaviors, and religious identity formation. She is a member of OPA’s Early Career Committee and is membership chair for the Cleveland Psychological Association. Her favorite things to do in northeast Ohio are spending time with family, bicycling in the Cuyahoga Valley National Parks, and exploring local events.
Thomas P. Swales, PhD, ABPP | Foundation for Psychology in Ohio, Chair | Political Action Committee, Chair
Thomas P. Swales, PhD, ABPP is President of the
Foundation for Psychology in Ohio, which is the non-profit, charitable 501(c) 3
arm of the Ohio Psychological Association. The mission of the Foundation is
to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological
knowledge to benefit society and to improve people’s lives in Ohio. Dr. Swales is also a member of the Medical
Advisory Board of NAMI-Greater Cleveland, and a past President of the Ohio
Psychological Association. Professionally,
Dr. Swales is a psychologist and neuropsychologist with Psychological and
Behavioral Consultants, and the forensic neuropsychologist for the Court
Psychiatric Clinic of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. He is board-certified in clinical
neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a fellow
of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Swales is actively involved in teaching of
psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors as an assistant
clinical professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. He has been a co-investigator on numerous
NIH-funded research projects involving the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Swales also served as a technical advisor
to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the
United States Department of Health and Human Services, establishing behavioral
health quality metrics. Dr. Swales is a
consultant to the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, Ohio Public Defender,
Federal Public Defender, and the NFL Concussion Settlement.
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.
Isaac Weaver, PsyD | Akron Area Professional Psychologists, Representative
Isaac Weaver is a licensed psychologist with clinical expertise honed through clinical, supervisory, teaching, and administrative experience in community-based, private practice, and juvenile justice settings. Areas of specialty in counseling (sometimes also called therapy), include difficulties in childhood and adolescence (i.e., anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, mood disorders, trauma, behavioral concerns), and the treatment of sexually inappropriate behavior among children and adolescents, including those sanctioned through the school or the court.
Chiathong Yong, PsyD | Membership Committee, Co-Chair
Chiaothong Yong, PsyD works as a Psychologist at The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS). She received her Doctoral of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her pre-doctoral internship with a specialty in international student affairs at Miami University’s Student Counseling Service. At CCS, Dr. Yong serves as the Chair of the Outreach and Technology Committee that organizes outreach programming to the university population in promoting emotional wellbeing, and manages website and social media accounts to reach out to the student population. Her clinical specialties and interests include individual and group therapies, psychological assessment, training, supervision, workshops, and outreach. She is especially passionate in working with individuals of minority or marginalized statuses, such as race/ethnicity, country of origin, and LGBTQIA+. Dr. Yong is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay. On a personal note, family, friends, food, and fun are the four important F’s in her life!
Sara Zryl, PsyD | Committee for Social Responsibility, Chair
Sara Zryl, PsyD is the current chair of the OPA Committee on Social Responsibility. She attended undergraduate college at the University of Toledo, and graduated with a BA in Psychology. She then moved to Chicago, and attended The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, at Argosy University. Sara obtained a MA degree in Clinical Psychology, and then transferred into the PsyD program to complete her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Sara works at University Hospitals in Cleveland with an adult outpatient population. Her main areas of interest and expertise are in Adult Psychology, Anxiety Disorders, Exposure Therapy, Grief and Loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Women's Health, Women's Mental Health Issues, and College Mental Health. She is passionate about social justice, diversity, and issues relative to social responsibility.