The Center for Evidence Based Treatment-Ohio was founded with clients in mind. It is our belief that clients and families should have the peace of mind knowing all interventions are based in research, which have shown successful results in treating:
  • Stress management
  • Body Image and self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Combination disorders
Our clinical staff has advanced expertise in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Specialist Supportive Clinical Management. CEBTOhio provides access to proven treatments to adolescents and adults across Ohio. If your location or circumstances prohibit office visits, secured and confidential teletherapy is available and provides a viable arrangement in many cases. Treatment begins with an initial assessment to discuss past treatments and present challenges while listening effectively to carefully consider the best treatment options for a clients’ individual needs. From there, CEBT-Ohio will develop a customized treatment plan that puts clients on the road to recovery. CEBTOhio is committed to the success of each client.


Thank you so much for meeting w/ us to discuss our daughter. We appreciate you taking the time to do so and all of the insight you provided. Thank you also for taking the time to match her up so quickly with her therapist and not having us wait another week. I can't believe we have a session set up for this Friday! You have been an answer to many, many prayers and we are truly blessed to be working with you and your organization. Thanks again!

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I was so fortunate to spend several years working with Dr. Wisniewski in Ohio. She is by far one of the most well respected and influential clinicians in our field. In 2008 we opened the first DBT program for patients with complex eating disorder presentations. Clinicians treating eating disorders require specialized training and ongoing consultation to effectively treat these neuro-metabolic-psychiatric conditions.

Anita Federici, Ph.D., C.Psych Dr. Anita Federici & Associates Midland, Ontario

Lucene is a well-known leader in the field of DBT and eating disorders; her consultation and input has elevated the clinical skill of our practice exponentially. Through a combination of didactic presentations and both group and 1:1 consultation, Lucene is constantly responding to our needs both as a practice and as individual providers.   In our weekly meetings with Lucene, we can pose a question on virtually any DBT or ED related topic and Lucene will respond with a highly detailed, well-considered and clinically sophisticated presentation. With great energy and a wonderful sense of humor, Lucene’s style is genuine, transparent and direct.  She models DBT techniques and strategies in a way that few can replicate.  With Lucene’s guidance, our team has gone from understanding the fundamentals of DBT to practicing the treatment at a more and more advanced and adherent level.  Our growing and eager team is becoming increasingly confident and productive. They consistently report lower burnout even as they take on more complicated cases under Lucene’s watch. In the process of growing from strong to exceptional, our team has gained not just an educator in Lucene, but an invaluable confidante, advocate, and friend.

Melissa Gerson, LCSW Clinical Director, Columbus Park

Feedback from workshop on Evidence Based Treatment and Eating Disorders
  • Lucene is really knowledgeable, but she also comes across as quite personable. I think both those things make the course content easy to follow and interesting to learn. I liked the practical homework, as I think I gained a lot of experiential knowledge through doing the same homework that my clients would be expected to do. The course being online made it really easy to access, and the platform that it was delivered on was easy to use.
  • It  was very informative, and I liked the organization of the course. It helped me to conceptualize how to get started with an ED patient as well as how to begin the journey of Tx after the assessment phase.
  • Presenter was knowledgeable with lots of clinical experience. I particularly liked when she modeled interactions with client.
  • Lucene was very friendly and easy to follow in the webinars. She is knowledgeable and willing to answer questions!
  • The content was excellent. Lucene was excellent.

Feedback from workshop on Optimizing Eating Disorder Treatment with DBT
  • I enjoyed watching the chain analysis with a group participant; it was helpful to watch and see how Amy nimbly jumps between areas and keeps the client engaged.
  • Thank you thank you thank you! This was such a great training. Amy is incredibly skilled, knowledgeable, and engaging. She made me go from being afraid to work with folks with ED to wanting to ask for a new client with ED. I have a lot to learn still (obviously), but I feel more knowledgeable and empowered to ask questions
  • Amy has TONS of knowledge and used great examples. Was very helpful to see her model.
  • Amy's teaching style is incredibly helpful. She's on point with enough space for deviation that it feels safe to ask more questions.


Lucene Wisniewski

Dr. Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., FAED

Practice Leader

Dr. Wisniewski is an internationally recognized leader in eating disorder treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, with more than 25 years of clinical and training experience. She has taught hundreds of workshops and continuing education seminars around the globe and has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. Dr. Wisniewski has also provided consultation and training to eating disorder clinics around the globe.

In addition, she has earned some of the highest awards and accreditations in the industry. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Clinician Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders, demonstrating her leadership in the field and her commitment to providing the best solutions for those with eating disorders.

Amy Kalasunas

Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC

Director of DBT Training and Services

Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC, Director of DBT Training and Services (DBT), is a behaviorist with over 20 years of experience working within evidence-based treatment models. She has extensive training in DBT and its sub-specialty areas of Prolonged Exposure (PE), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), Mindfulness, as well as supervision and consultation team adherence practices.

Kalasunas has the honor of being one of only four clinicians in Ohio designated as a DBT Certified Clinician through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. She also serves as co-chair of the DBT Linehan Board of Certification’s Communication Committee, a certification board that works to provide access to professionals and programs that reliably offer DBT in a way that conforms to evidence based research.

Her clinical work has included developing, implementing and evaluating program outcomes across the spectrum of clinical milieus. Kalasunas is often sought out for her concrete teaching skills, and consistently achieves the highest evaluation scores when providing consultation and presenting workshops in DBT.

Kalasunas spends her spare time in her garden, keeping up with her kids and making sure everyone in her family knows the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars. She also watches every version of “90 Day Fiancé” but will adamantly deny it if you ask her.

Denise Ben-Porath, Ph.D.

Denise Ben-Porath, Ph.D.


Denise Ben-Porath earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University. In addition to her role as a treating clinician at CEBTOhio, she is a professor in the Department of Psychology at John Carroll University.

Ben-Porath has over 20 years of experience as a DBT practicing clinician with difficult-to-treat multi-diagnostic individuals, including but not limited to those diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety/depression, eating disorders and personality disorders.

As a seasoned clinician and researcher, her experience of applying DBT to various treatment settings extends to residential settings, day treatment programs, inpatient units, VA hospitals, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, and private practice settings. She has provided hundreds of trainings, both national and internationally; and is a DBT trainer for Behavioral Technology (B-Tech), which was founded by Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Ben-Porath is the author of over 30 publications, including recent publications Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: An Update and Review of the Existing Treatment Models Adapted for Adults With Eating Disorders, and Physical Health-Related Counseling Issues: Eating Disorders, Elimination Disorders, and Chronic Illness/Disability Counseling.

Jennifer Campbell, LCSW

Jennifer Campbell, LISW


Jennifer Campbell, LISW, comes to CEBTOhio with her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has several years of experience delivering evidence based treatments, including comprehensive DBT, CBT-E, ACT, and DBT-PE for clients across various levels of care.

Her specialties include treating teenagers and young adults struggling with eating disorders, chronic emotion dysregulation, trauma, and concerns with rigid cognitions and fixed thinking.

In addition, Jennifer serves as co-chair of the Residential & Inpatient Special Interest Group for the Academy of Eating Disorders and serves on the Academy's SIG Oversight Committee. She has also served as team leader for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC) for the state of New Jersey.

Campbell is independently licensed in New Jersey and Ohio. When not with her partner and certified therapy dog, she enjoys any kind of water sports and competing in triathlons.

Amanda Groves, LPC

Amanda Groves, LPC


Amanda Groves, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor with CEBTOhio. She completed her MA degree in clinical mental health counseling from John Carroll University in 2020, and her MA in higher education from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014.

Serving as an individual therapist and DBT skills trainer, Groves is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and evidence-based treatments of emotional disorders. Her areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety, depression, emotional eating, adjustment and life transitions, academic and career exploration, relationship issues and bereavement. Groves has over 10 years of experience working at various college and universities across the United States supporting the diverse needs of young adults. In addition to her experience in the collegiate setting, she has worked in the community as a mental health counselor in therapeutic foster care, supporting children and adolescents who have suffered severe neglect and trauma.

Sarah Hope Lincoln, Ph.D.


Sarah Hope Lincoln, PhD., is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. She has an expertise in treating anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma/PTSD, autism spectrum disorders, psychosis, and behavioral disorders of childhood (e.g., ADHD).

Her theoretical orientation and training experiences include both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University and completed her internship at Bellevue Hospital and New York Langone Medical Center. She is also an assistant professor in the department of psychological sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Dean Malec

Dean Malec, Ph.D.


Dean Malec, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral fellow with CEBTOhio. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from Cleveland State University in August 2020. At the Master’s level, Malec had several years of intensive training in Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral therapies while treating multi-diagnostic clients in settings ranging from residential programs to outpatient clinics.

More recently, he received advanced training as a generalist at university counseling and community based mental health centers while pursuing his PhD. Malec treats children, adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems, including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and clients with difficulties with emotion regulation.

Valuing evidence-based practices within the context of diversity and cultural humility, Malec welcomes working with people of all identities and life experiences. Malec has several years of experience collaborating and training with members of the CEBTOhio leadership team.

Syrene A. Miller

Syrene A. Miller


Syrene A. Miller received her master’s degree in social work from Boston University, and has experience as a therapist using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy across several levels of care.

Her clinical training includes an intensive DBT foundational, DBT as applied to the treatment of eating disorders, Family Based Treatment for eating disorders, Cognitive Behavior Therapy theory and practice, Motivational Interviewing, and treating trauma and attachment disorders.

She joins CEBTOhio with over 20 years of experience teaching educators and practitioners how to incorporate outcome research into clinical practice. Miller has authored several textbooks, chapters and peer-reviewed articles, as well as presented on a national stage regarding effectively translating Evidence-Based Decision Making into practice.

Miller is an instructor at Washington State University and serves on the university’s Scholarly Project Committee. She currently serves as the Eastern Washington representative for the National Association of Social Worker’s Washington Chapter and is the co-chair of the membership engagement committee.

Liz O

Liz O'Connell, LISW


Liz O'Connell, LISW, is a licensed and independent clinical social worker. She specializes in working with adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, pervasive emotion dysregulation, and a history of trauma/PTSD.

O'Connell completed her foundational training in DBT through Behavioral Tech in 2016 and has subsequently completed several advanced trainings in DBT, including the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for Borderline Personality Disorder in 2018. She was previously the associate clinical director of an outpatient and IOP eating disorder treatment center in New York City, where she received ongoing consultation from Dr. Wisniewski and trained in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E). She has also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD.

In addition to her DBT training, O'Connell has trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Processing (AEDP), an attachment-oriented trauma therapy. She received her MSW from NYU and her BA from Brown University.

Sandra Rublee, LISW

Sandra Rublee, LISW


Sandra Rublee, LISW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland in 2018.

Rublee offers evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents for a range of problems such as mood disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma. She has experience in individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy.

Previously, Rublee worked in different clinical settings in U.S., Europe and South East Asia. She has experience in the field of eating disorders at all levels of care – from in-patient hospitalization to outpatient. Her clinical practice is informed by research, and her style of therapy is collaborative with a focus on the client’s needs and goals.

Rublee has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Based Treatment (FBT) or Maudsley, Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and techniques from psychodynamic therapy. She has extensive DBT training from The Linehan Institute and through consultation with CEBTOhio founder Dr. Lucene Wisniewski.

In 1989, Rublee received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in microbiology; and in 1991 she earned a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Zürich, Switzerland. At the Birkbeck College, University of London, U.K. she received a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamics in 2002.

Lindsay Varkula, Ph.D.


Dr. Lindsay Varkula is a licensed psychologist with years of experience providing evidence-based treatment. In addition to generalist experience addressing a variety of mental health concerns, she is a specialist in treating eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma.

Varkula utilizes CBT, DBT, Radically Open DBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). In her work with PTSD, Varkula is especially interested in treating individuals who have survived multiple traumatic events across their lifespan. She has completed EMDRIA-approved training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

She is also provides Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma treatment. She has provided supervision, consultation and professional training, especially on topics related to eating disorders, diversity, and complex trauma.

As a counseling psychologist, Dr. Varkula believes in assisting clients in achieving wellness and balance across life domains. As part of building wellness, she has additional expertise in assisting individuals with career exploration and career transitions. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the EMDR International Association.