CAPP Response to Recent Events

August 24, 2021

Great distress in Afghanistan has been broadcasted across the world this past week. CAPP expresses our support of the Afghan community. We acknowledge the traumatic events that families in Afghanistan are now navigating. We recognize the trauma that is likely caused by intense media images and coverage for Afghan families in the US and elsewhere abroad. We acknowledge the traumatic responses US military personnel and their families may be having to these events, images, and news coverage. CAPP supports a diverse understanding of Afghan culture among psychologists treating the many individuals and families impacted by these tragic events.

June 14, 2021

In light of June being a celebration of Pride, we at CAPP want to recognize members of the LGBTQIA+ community, both patients and practitioners alike. We celebrate progress, and we recognize that there is much work to be done. We stand with you in this work to create a more just and inclusive community, and we advocate for equality in mental health education, treatment, and research.

April 20, 2021

CAPP honors that the recent verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd represents a historic moment and has an immense impact on the mental health of everyone in our community. CAPP supports movement towards accountability for all, and continued efforts to address racism at the systemic level in the pursuit of justice. We highlight the importance of this moment in history, and acknowledge the work left to do in addressing systemic racism and the resulting trauma.

March 23, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we at CAPP issue another statement this week. We know that these statements are repetitive. We want to be steadfast and clear regarding our stance towards these events, our mission as psychologists in our community, and in our country overall. We acknowledge the traumatic impact acts of violence have on humankind. CAPP condemns the recent gun violence and murders that took place in Boulder, Colorado. CAPP denounces extremist behavior, acts of hate, and violence of any kind. We mourn the lives lost in Boulder. We uphold psychologists’ role in treatment, support, and advocacy in response to acts of violence and loss of life. We also uphold, honor, and respect psychologists’ role in holding a safe place for processing traumatic events.

March 20, 2021

CAPP condemns the recent gun violence and murders that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Regardless of whether this incident is classified as a race-based hate crime, we acknowledge the profound traumatic impact it has on the Asian and Asian American community. CAPP continues to denounce extremist behavior, acts of hate, and violence of any kind. We continue to acknowledge the presence of racism in our country and communities as a whole. We mourn the lives harmed and lost in Atlanta, and we stand by and support the members of the Asian and Asian American community. We recognize the profound impact acts of violence have on mental health, and we advocate for psychologists’ role in treatment, support, advocacy, and respect in all communities.

February 2, 2021

CAPP condemns the recent acts of vandalism that took place on the Xavier University campus. We acknowledge the presence of pervasive racism in our country and community, and we denounce extremist groups and acts of hate. CAPP continues to support non-violence and respect. We are steadfast in our resolve to utilize our role as psychologists to encourage these values in our Cincinnati community, and best support our community however possible.


January 7, 2021

CAPP condemns violence of all kinds, including the violence that recently took place at the U.S. Capitol. We support the peaceful transition of power that is an integral part of our democratic government. CAPP upholds psychologists’ dedication to advocacy through nonviolence, truth, and respect. We mourn the lives harmed and lost during these recent acts of violence.  

CAPP Response to Systemic Racism

December 3, 2020

Over the course of this past year, we have witnessed the deaths of several black men and women at the hands of white police officers. We subsequently saw a racial justice revolution sweep across America. These and other movements have led CAPP to take steps to become a more inclusive and welcoming organization. Toward that goal, we have formed an Inclusivity subcommittee consisting of several CAPP board members.


CAPP recognizes that systemic racism persists and is maintained by racially biased systems in American life including economic systems, the criminal justice system, housing, employment, and education. CAPP mourns the countless victims of racial violence in 2020. We oppose racially biased systems and commit to using psychological science to combat systemic racism and implicit bias. We recognize that racism and racially motivated violence leads to racial trauma which is often passed down from one generation to the next, leading to considerable health consequences and further disparities.


We ask that CAPP members continually pursue culturally responsive training and education to increase understanding of the impact of racial trauma and systemic racism on communities of color and ethnic minorities. As an organization, we will strive to increase opportunities for multicultural training and education. Our hope is to be able to offer training opportunities in 2021 that specifically address racism and the impacts of structural racism on our clients. We are also exploring the possibility of a book club discussion group on racism that would likely be held remotely and be open to all CAPP members. Finally, CAPP would like to have a presence on the OPA Diversity Subcommittee.


In addition, please see the following resources that may be helpful to you, personally and professionally:



Thank you,


Written by Joeanne Gutzwiller, Ph.D.

Our Mission

The Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology was created in 1981 to advance the science and profession of psychology in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our goals are to promote human welfare through the application of psychological science, to increase public awareness of psychology, to encourage the highest levels of ethical standards in the practice of psychology, and to promote the exchange of information and ideas among members.

History of CAPP

The following was written by CAPP’s very first president, Dr. Gary Schneider, on the 35th anniversary of CAPP in 2016…

It is amazing to realize that thirty-five years have passed since the formation of CAPP. The following stands out the most in my recollections of the early years.

I remember that nine psychologists met in various offices over several months until the very first official meeting at the home of George Wright. The initial driving forces that led to the creation of CAPP appeared to be: (1) The like-mindedness and increasing professionalism of clinical practitioners, particularly in private practice; (2) The perception that the only other local professional organization for psychologists, the Cincinnati Psychological Association (CPA), was not meeting all the needs of the clinical practitioners. CPA was more of an “umbrella” organization for all psychologists, including clinical practice, teaching, research, industrial/organizational consultation, etc; and (3) “Cleveland had one” referring to Cleveland having such an organization like the proposed CAPP. (Do you detect a tongue-in-cheek reference?)

To enhance the sense of solidarity with OPA and APA, the CAPP Board decided to require CAPP members to also be members of OPA and APA.

Some years later (probably early or mid-1980’s), there was a very well attended meeting at which time the term “managed care” was used for one of the first times. The speaker indicated that our local area would be one of the hardest hit by this new term (managed care). All we knew about this term was that it was associated with some vague entity zeroing in on limitations of subscriber’s benefits, case managing through treatment plans, and lowering reimbursement rates. For a group of practitioners who had achieved licensing only a few years before (1972), hearing this information led to a great deal of anxiety for all present. These concerns eventually led to the conclusion that that we needed to represent ourselves more effectively in the political arena. We hired a state lobbyist who explained to us that state legislators measured the amount of support “for” and “against” proposed legislation by measuring the height of the piles of mail “for” legislation and comparing these to the piles of mail “against” legislation. (Obviously, this phenomenon was light years before our new technology.)

The high level of anxiety led to fund raising efforts and CAPP raised more than $40,000! (Yes, the number of zeros is correct.) My recollection is that each psychologist was asked for a contribution of $1,000 and most contributors did give this amount. (Yes, this number of zeros is correct also.) One could ask oneself if there was any benefit to this fund raising effort as we see that managed care is still around and is accompanied by even lower reimbursement rates. However, that effort does display what a group of local psychologists can achieve, working together.

As I look back on these recollections, I wonder what future trends there will be as well as new opportunities for psychologists. Regardless of how these questions are answered, I think that the solidarity, viability and support by local groups, such as CAPP, and state and national organizations of psychologists, will probably be very important in continuing to shape our future as psychologists.

Gary A. Schneider, Ph.D.
CAPP’s First President, 1981 

2021 Board Members

Rachel Sparn, Psy.D.


Past President

Joeanne Gutzwiller, Ph.D.

Past President

Bailey Bryant, Psy.D.

Ohio Psychological Association Liason

Amber Stevens, Psy.D.

Website Chair

Alexis Pittenger, Psy.D.

Treasurer, Program Coordinator Co-Chair

Teri Role-Warren, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator Co-Chair

Jim Dahmann, Ph.D.


Laura Wilson

Executive Coordinator

Susan Urmetz, Psy.D.

Insurance/Managed Care Chair

Nikki Winchester, Psy.D.

Marketing/Public Relations Chair

2020 Board Members

2020 Board

2019 Board Members

2018 Board Members

2016-2017 Board Members

From Left to Right: Sarah Greenwell, Gary Schneider, Teri Role-Warren, Jim Dahmann, Joeanne Gutzwiller, Tom Heitkemper, and Mary Kelley. Not pictured are Cori Yaeger and Patty Eiler Sims.

2015 Board Members

From Left to Right: Teri Role-Warren, Debjani Sinha, Jim Dahmann, Sarah Greenwell, Gary Schneider, Joeanne Gutzwiller. Not Pictured: Cori Yaeger and Patty Eiler Sims

Past Presidents


Joeanne Gutzwiller


Gary Schneider


Jim Dahmann


Teri Role-Warren


Sarah Greenwell


Debjani Sinha


Steve Sparks


Sharon Phillips


Richard Sears


Steve Nichols


Tracy McDonough


Debjani Sinha


Marilyn Wander


Kathleen Mack


Mary Ellen Williams


Nancy Stella


Steve Billmann


Dave Marcus


Janet Thatcher


Mark Schroder


Jan Brinn


Kathy Myszak


Kathy Grant


Jim Brush


Les Swift


Jim Dahmann


Shelley Rooney


Meryl Seidner


Lynn Pierson


Carol Lehman


Scott Millis


Rick Grant


Chris Dacey


Rick Reckman


Don O’Grady


Cynthia Dember


Joan Reckseit


Dave Hellkamp


Gary Schneider