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Chivonna Childs, PhD, has more than seventeen years as a mental health professional. Dr. Childs received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Cleveland State University. Her interests include African American women and depression and Spirituality in therapeutic settings. She is a member of Ohio Psychological Association and presented on “Spirituality and therapeutic assessment” at OPA’s 2016 Convention. Her experience includes working in community mental health centers with a diverse population and older adults in nursing homes.

Currently, she is working as a Psychologist at Portage Path Behavioral Health in Akron, Ohio. In this capacity, she provides individual therapy as well as focused treatment therapy to a diverse population, supervises psychology practicum and intern students from Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.  She also co-facilitates a Self Esteem and Boundaries group, Depression support group and a Coping skills group.  Dr. Childs areas of expertise include therapy with individuals with Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Dissociative Identity Disorders. She is also involved in development of a Hoarding task force committee through Summit County Alcohol Drug And Mental Health Services board.

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.

Lisa Stines Doane, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Rocky River, where her work focuses on the assessment and treatment of anxiety and traumatic stress in children and adults.  Dr. Doane was previously on faculty in the department of psychology at Cleveland State University, where she served as director of the master’s program in clinical psychology.  She is a frequent speaker on the topics of anxiety, stress and coping.  Dr. Doane earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University in 2005.  She completed an APA-accredited internship in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, and an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Catherine M. Golden, PhD earned her degree from Ohio University in 2009. She works 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.

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.

Steven Kniffley, PsyD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor at Wright State University in the School of Professional Psychology. He is also a board certified licensed child psychologist in the state of Ohio. He received his doctorate and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University where he specialized in child, adolescent, and family therapy. He completed his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kniffley’s area of expertise is research and clinical work with Black males. Specifically, his work focuses on understanding and developing culturally appropriate interventions for Black male psychopathology as well as barriers to academic success for this population. As an educational consultant Dr. Kniffley has worked internationally with students and school administrators in South Africa and India. He currently serves as a consultant to the Dayton Public School Office of Males of Color and as an executive board member for the City of Dayton Men of Color Initiative. Dr. Kniffley also serves as an organizational diversity consultant and works with law enforcement departments on addressing conflicts between communities of color and police officers.  Some of his books and works in progress include: “Knowledge of Self: Understanding the Mind of the Black male,”  “Out of KOS (Knowledge of Self): Black male psychopathology and its treatment, ” and “Black males and the Criminal Justice System.” He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public administration at Wright State University.


Leslie McClure, PsyD earned her degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2004 and her undergraduate psychology degree from Skidmore College in 1997. Her postdoctoral fellowship training in geropsychology was through Summa Health System in Akron. She is currently the owner and Clinical Director of Kent Psychological Associates, an outpatient mental health practice with 17 providers.

Her prior experience includes working for the Veterans Administration in their Home Based Primary Care Program, and private practice work at Summit Psychological Associates and Center for Healthy Aging.  She also has served as clinical supervisor for predoctoral interns with the Ohio Psychology Internship consortium.

Dr. McClure’s areas of clinical interest include working with individuals with chronic illness/pain, and working with the geriatric population. In addition to psychotherapy she also conducts cognitive assessments of memory complaints and pre-surgical psychological evaluations for bariatric and chronic pain surgery candidates.

Dr. McClure is a native of Northeast Ohio. She left to pursue her education but returned to the area ten years ago to settle and raise her family. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young sons and three cats. When she’s not wrangling her little boys, she tries to unwind with classical music concerts and cooking.

Jessica Smedley, PsyD a California Bay Area native, earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from the University o


f California at Riverside. She earned her Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from University of San Francisco.   She earned her Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.  As part of her formal training, Dr. Smedley completed practica experiences in various community mental health settings in California, providing services to youth, adolescents, and adults in both outpatient and highly secured residential settings. Many of these services included collaborating with various local government entities, including C

hildren and Family Services, Probation, Parole, and other health providers. Dr. Smedley has also had formal training under the supervision of neuropsychologists, providing psychological testing to youth and young adults in private practice settings. Additionally, she has also spent two years in the Washington D.C. metro area providing mental health services to adults who struggle with chronic and severe mental illness, namely psychosis. Her internship in clinical psychology was completed with a large non-profit community mental health center in central Ohio, where she received additional training in psychological testing for court-based referrals. Dr. Smedley is a member of the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, and the Association of Black Psychologists. She is also a member of the largest national public service organization for African-American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 


Cynthia Van Keuren, PsyD is a psychologist in the Pain Management Center at the Cleveland VA and has been with the VA since 2005.  She completed her doctoral degree from Xavier University in 2003. She completed her internship at the Cleveland VA and then completed a two year fellowship in chronic pain rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  She serves as the Clinical Director and CARF coordinator for the Intensive Outpatient Program.   Dr. Van Keuren is involved with several national programs focused on pain management in the VA healthcare system, including a committee to develop CARF accredited pain programs.  She is involved with research looking at the impact of pain catastrophizing, a variable shown to influence treatment outcomes.  She is a member of the training committee for the pre and postdoctoral learners.  She is the team leader for the SCAN-ECHO pain psychology team, which trains providers around the country in the provision of pain psychology services.  She is also a member of the pain medicine SCAN-ECHO which focused on similar training for primary care providers.  She serves as the Major Preceptor for the pain management resident training program.  She is a member of OPA’s communications and technology committee.

Chantel Weisenmuller, PhD is the Director of the Ohio University Psychology and Social Work Clinic, where she coordinates on-site and external training opportunities for doctoral students, teaches graduate clinical coursework, facilitates continuing education and professional development programs, and coordinates psychological services to meet assessment and therapy needs for the surrounding communities.  She also participates in mentorship programs, diversity education, and outreach programs for women, first-generation students, and multicultural faculty/staff and students. Prior to joining OU in 2013, Dr. Weisenmuller provided psychological services in community mental health, school-based, and private practice settings in rural Appalachian communities. Special interests include supporting the success of first-generation college students, dissemination of evidence-based clinical care to rural and underserved populations, reducing barriers to accessing mental health services, and meeting behavioral health care needs in Appalachia.