The Announcer: May 2018 Print

President's Message

CPA President’s Message

by Eric Berko, Ph.D.

Eric Berko, Ph.D.

2018 is off to a great start for CPA.  Our membership drive is in full swing.  Hopefully you have received an email or a phone call from a Board Member.  We try to make the process personal because we value the members of CPA.  As a small, local organization we help psychologists stay current through continuing education credits and informed about a wide range of issues important to psychologists. We also provide the opportunity to network with others in the field.  It is easy to become isolated in our work, so having peers and mentors is a vital function for CPA to serve.  If you have not yet renewed, we encourage you to do so.  If you have questions or need assistance with the process, please contact us through email or phone (yes Angela Bailey, our wonderful administrator who is a real human-being, will actually answer the phone and respond to messages!!)

The organization is working, revising the bylaws to be more current with technological advances and compliant with federal regulations so as to protect the organization and its members in an ever changing and often litigious world.  The Board should be through this process in the next 1-2 months and will notify the membership of the changes and provide opportunities to give feedback before voting on the changes.

As you are probably aware, the website continues to be revised with our new format with a company called StarChapter.  There are many positive improvements and it has taken a great deal of time and effort.  As recognized at the Annual Meeting, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Angela Bailey and Alex Uzdavines for their time and endless pursuit of a high functioning and useful website.  The ability to post this very publication from the Board is due to their efforts.  Implementing the “Find a Psychologist” feature is next on the task list and will hopefully be a wonderful resource for the community in the next few months.

Finally, we are looking forward to making our technology and, more importantly, our programming and outreach to the psychological community consistent with the best practices of a modern membership organization.  We want to continue to reach out to our longstanding strong and involved membership, as well as attract new psychologists with mentoring and networking opportunities.  We will be inviting members and prospective members to provide us information about what they want and need from CPA.  Mentoring opportunities, gatherings for subgroups such as new psychologists, and other ways to connect with each other are upcoming.  Keep your eyes open for new opportunities to be involved!  And please let us know if you have ideas for programs, get togethers, community service or any ways we can serve you better.

All the best for a happy, healthy, productive 2018.

Eric H. Berko, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                         President

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Program Report

Cleveland Psychological Association Programs Report

by Deborah Ross, Ph.D.

Our 2017-2018 programming began in September with Jim Broyles, Director of Professional Affairs, and Michael Rainey, Executive Director, from the Ohio Psychological Association.  They came up from Columbus to update us on political developments on a statewide and national level.

In November, we co-hosted a three-hour ethics program with the Association of Black Psychologists.  Dr. John Queener, Professor of Psychology at The University of Akron, gave an excellent presentation on the issues of cultural competence and diversity.

The December Annual Meeting included presentations of two awards. CPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Dr. William House, Ph.D., and CPA’s Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award, given to Dr. Erin Cooper, Ph.D. You can find more information about Drs. House and Cooper on our website under the “About Us” tab.  Dr. Cindy Van Kuren from the Cleveland Veterans Administration also presented on chronic pain self-management.

Ellen Riehm from National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and Tom Ference from Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare presented in February of 2018.  The program called “In Our Own Voice” addressed community resources for the more seriously mentally ill.

Our own members Dr. Nancy Duff-Boehm and Dr. Greg Boehm presented with Dr. Sybil Marsh on The Opioid Epidemic: Current Trends and Best Practices.  A summary of this presentation is included in this issue of The Announcer and will also be posted to the CPA Blog.

On May 7th, Dr. Sandy McPherson will present at Dave and Busters on a Guardian Ad Litem program in which she is involved.

Programs will resume in September after our summer break.  Please contact us if you know of any speakers or have ideas for programs by emailing at or contact Angela Bailey at

Debbie Ross, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                             Program Chair

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Membership Report

Membership Report

by Brittany Sommers

Thank you to those who have joined or renewed membership! In 2017, we welcomed nine new full members and two new student affiliates. I would like to extend a warm welcome to new CPA members who have joined us so far in 2018: Jason Friedman, Psy.D., who has joined as a Regular Member, and Lauren McClintock, who has become a Student Affiliate. We also have several membership applications currently pending. If you are interested in joining as a new member, please visit our website. It is quick and easy to sign up on-line!

Respectfully submitted,

Brittany Sommers, Ph.D.

Membership Chair

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Ohio Psychological Association News

OPA Report

by Cathy Gaw, Psy. D.

**Check your OPA-MCE Transcript!!  The end of the biennium is coming (August 31,2018), and many psychologists have not yet completed their hours; some have not even initially registered through OPA-MCE (late registration is now incurring fines).  Please refer to OPA website ( for detailed access information.

OPA Annual Convention – April 26 – 28, 2018 – “Psychology: An Inclusive Community of Growth and Care”.  Early bird registration is through April 6!  The entire Convention provides 20 CE credits, many of which are ethics CEUs.   OPA welcomes APA CEO and Executive Vice President, Dr. C. Arthur Evans, Jr., to present the Convention keynote address, “The Future of Psychology and the American Psychological Association” (4/26/18, 9 a.m.)

May 16, 2018, OPA Diversity Breakfast (with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus) and Legislative Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH.  8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to attend this event.  More information and registration on OPA website.  Contact CPA for carpooling information.

Want to know what Ohio Legislative Bills are relevant to psychologists?  Check the OPA Bill Box Contact Advocacy Chair, Dr. Brad Potts or OPA Executive Director, Mr. Michael Ranney if you are interested in testifying for or assisting with any of these bills.

Call for Papers: 2018 Ohio Psychologist – a peer-reviewed journal published annually by OPA.  Articles can be: Scientifically Research-based, Advocacy related to the Profession, Practice Related or Current use of Technology Practices in therapy. They must relate to the theme: “Psychology: An Inclusive Community of Growth and Care”.  Articles must be submitted for review no later than May 4, 2018.  Please contact Karen Hardin (, Director of Education and Communication, if you plan to submit an article.

The 2018 Science Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12th.  As in the past we’ll be meeting for breakfast and judges briefing at 8am and judge in teams from about 9-11:30. As we get closer to the 12th, I’ll get more details about how many posters we will have to judge in each grade. 

Respectfully submitted,

Cathy Gaw, Psy.D.

OPA Representative


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Tech Report

Tech Report

by Alex Uzdavines, M.A.

See Dr. Eric Berko’s President’s for a brief summary of the ongoing changes to CPA’s website. We will also be giving a more detailed update about the website changes, upcoming features, and how-to guides for our members over the next few months. All of these items will be made available via CPA’s website blog.

Respectfully submitted,

Alex Uzdavines, M.A.

Student Representative

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Message from the Editor

Message from the Editor

To keep up with modern methods of communication, the CPA Board is switching how we’ll be disseminating future updates. We will be transitioning from the newsletter to using a blog on the CPA website to inform you of the Board’s committee reports, in addition to other articles. We will also be sending a monthly digest of these blog posts by email to the Membership once a month. In addition, we will provide printed copies of the current digest at our monthly events. If you have questions about the organization as a whole or any Board committee or function, of course you can always contact us any day by email at Our administrator, Angela Bailey, will forward your message to the person best able to address it. We are convinced that this format will provide a more efficient and accessible method for our membership and the Greater Cleveland community to learn about our organization and its operations.

As Editor, I will continue to manage, request, assign and cajole Board members to submit reports (now blogs). Also, I want to encourage all our members to submit articles of their own, which we can use to stimulate interest and debate among our peers. We sincerely hope that you will take advantage of this platform to showcase something unique about your practice or to open discourse about a topic pertaining to our field.

Nancy Duff-Boehm, Ph.D.

Announcer Chair

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