Phil Paulucci, LPCC, LISW, DCSW


A founder and partner in Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine, Phil is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervisor, and a Licensed Independent Social Worker- Supervisor. He holds a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work representing the highest level of expertise and excellence for clinical social workers. He has over thirty-five years of behavioral health practice experience including eleven years affiliation with the Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor.

Phil has advanced training credentials in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and advanced training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy. He specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety disorders, depression and Internet addictions. He is also has experience in marital therapy, anger management, grief counseling, and is qualified to do pastoral counseling with those wishing Christian Counseling. He has completed graduate work at Gannon University, West Virginia University and post graduate work at The Ohio State University.

Julie A. Guthrie, MD


Dr. Guthrie is a partner, co-founder and Clinical Director of Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU), earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and a Buckeye Award for Student Leadership while at Ohio State.  Dr. Guthrie attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine, earning Honors in Internal Medicine before receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree.  She completed her psychiatric training at OSU Hospitals Department of Psychiatry, where she won awards for both teaching and research, and served as co-chief resident in her final year. Dr. Guthrie started a solo psychiatric practice in 1992 before joining with her partners in 1997 to create Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Guthrie is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the evaluation and pharmacologic management of mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and adult attention deficit disorder. Additionally, Dr. Guthrie provides psychiatric consultation at a number of area nursing homes where she treats psychiatric conditions in the older adult population. Dr. Guthrie has been providing compassionate psychiatric care for more than 20 years.  During this time, she has gained expertise in a wide variety of clinical settings including office, hospital, community mental health, the university student mental health clinic, nursing homes, and the Ohio prison system. Dr. Guthrie has received the Best Doctors in America award every year since 1998.

Peter P. Zafirides, MD


Dr. Zafirides is a partner, co-founder and President of Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine.  He is a graduate of Ohio State University (OSU) College Of Medicine.  Dr. Zafirides completed his psychiatry residency  at OSU Hospitals Department of Psychiatry. During residency, he received awards in clinical and teaching excellence. He also served as chief resident in his final year. Dr. Zafirides is a Clinical Assistant Professor at OSU’s Department of Psychiatry.

In addition to teaching psychiatry residents, he regularly teaches first and second year medical students at OSU’s College of Medicine. He is also a guest lecturer of psychopharmacology to graduate students in the OSU Counselor Education Program.

He has extensive experience in the evaluation and medical management of depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. His specific area of interest within psychiatry is the mind-body role of emotions in physical illness, especially chronic pain. Dr. Zafirides has been published in this area of psychiatry, lecturing both nationally and internationally on this topic. With an existential orientation to psychotherapy, Dr. Zafirides has been greatly influenced by the work of Irivin Yalom, Victor Frankl and Rollo May.

Dr. Zafirides is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Ohio Psychiatry Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA). He serves as an advisory board member for the National Institute of Whole Health. Dr. Zafirides has received the Best Doctors In America recognition every year since 2005. He has also been recognized nationally with the Patients’ Choice Award in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012; as well as the Compassionate Doctor Award in 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Zafirides is also founder and editor of He is host and producer of the weekly podcast, “The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides”.

Barbara Blair-Karr, LISW-S


Barb began her social work career as an undergraduate at Kent State University. She worked as a case aide at Kent Social Services until she graduated with a degree in criminology in 1977. She then worked for 8 years with severely emotionally disturbed youth in the Cleveland area.

Barbara was Executive Director of South Central Ohio Big Brothers/Big Sisters Agency in Chillicothe, Ohio. Barbara then completed her MSW at OSU in 1988, and began focusing on a mental health career with both adolescents and adults. She worked for several years in community mental health and began her private practice in 1995.

Barbara’s specialties include: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, sexual abuse counseling, couples/marriage counseling, drug/alcohol issues, and LGBT issues.

Christine Bowers, MD


Dr. Bowers is pleased to have joined Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine in the summer of 2013. A board certified psychiatrist, she enjoys collaborating with individuals (and their families, when appropriate) to understand and manage their challenges with mood , anxiety and thought disorders. She has a special interest in helping individuals recover from trauma, abuse and loss. Dr Bowers uses a carefully balanced approach to managing medications (if needed) and health issues.


Beginning in 1990, Dr. Bowers additionally worked as a consulting psychiatrist for Children’s Home Association of Illinois, serving the mental health needs of Illinois youth placed in residential treatment. She became their medical director in 2001. Dr Bowers also served as Associate Professor to the University Of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Her community interests included serving as Chairman of the Bioethics Committee for Methodist Medical Center. She was also President of the Board of Trustees for Peoria Academy. She received the Patient’s Choice Award in 2012. Dr. Bowers received her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She did her psychiatric residency at the University Of Illinois in Chicago where she was Chief Resident in her senior year. Dr. Bowers has been a board certified physician since 1986 and a board certified psychiatrist since 1992. Dr. Bowers was in private practice for 23 years in Peoria, Il before relocating to Columbus.

Christy Campbell, NP


Christy is a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescribing authority. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 2001 and 2007 respectively. She has over 5 years of clinical nursing experience as a psychiatric nurse in an in-patient hospital setting. After graduating with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing, she joined Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine in 2008.

Christy Campbell is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care to individuals 18 years and older through medication management and therapy.

Jeanne Clement, Ed.D., APRN PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Jeanne A. Clement is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. She has over 33 years of experience as a therapist in private practice in both New Jersey and Ohio. She has been affiliated with Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine since 1997. In her 52 years of work in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing, Dr. Clement has consulted within the public mental health system in Ohio at State, County and Local levels. She is currently a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System and a member of the Adult Guardianship sub-committee of the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Courts.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of North Central Mental Health Center and is a co-founder of Partners in Active Living Through Socialization, Inc., a mental health consumer operated peer support service. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Nationally, Dr. Clement has served as President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and currently co-chairs the APNA Recovery to Practice curriculum committee funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This group is charged with the development and piloting a program to help acute care psychiatric nurses incorporate the principles of mental health recovery into their practice. Other national activities include work with legislators related to mental health policy.

Dr. Clement received her doctorate in nursing education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is Associate Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University following 30 years of service as a faculty member, administrator and director of the graduate program in Psychiatric Nursing. In addition, she is a trained mediator and serves as a “coach” for training Law and Psychiatric Nursing students in mediation skills. She is an Adjunct Professor at Capital University School of Law.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and the ADAMH Board of Franklin County have recognized Dr. Clement for her advocacy for persons with mental illnesses.  The Medical Heritage Association of The Ohio State University inducted her as a “Central Living Ohio Legend in Nursing” in 2008.

Richard Curtis, MA, LPCC


Rick has over 36 years of clinical experience having received his MA in clinical psychology in 1976. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, The Family Institute of Cincinnati and is a Level II provider for CISD programs (Critical Incident Stress Debriefings) and a Level II practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Rick works with individuals, couples, families and groups. He specializes in working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Rick has worked with police officers, first responders and veterans. He has worked extensively with those who have been subjected to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. Rick supports healing for those struggling with depression and high levels of anxiety. He has also worked with clients feeling dominated by OCD patterns. In addition, Rick can assist those with persistent questions such as: “Why can’t I get over this” or “Why do I keep reacting this way”.

Rick will work with clients to design and implement effective treatment paths to heal and move through transitions and barriers encountered in their life journey.

Kathy English Cadmus, NP


Kathleen is a board certified Nurse Practitioner providing medication management and brief therapy to adults, age 17 and older. After several years of a nursing career in areas including mental health and maternal-child health, she returned to The Ohio State University. In 1999, she obtained certification as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psych-Mental Health Kathleen brings experience from a variety of mental health settings; inpatient, private practice, community mental health, and corrections.
She joined Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine in July 2008. Kathleen works in partnership with her patients, sharing her knowledge and experience. Her goal is to provide each patient with a safe place to assist them in reaching their personal mental health goals.

Shannon H. Johnson, Psy.D


Dr Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Bexley High School. She received her bachelor’s with honors in psychology from Ohio University. She then earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a child concentration from Xavier University in Cincinnati after completing an internship at Advocate/Family Care Network outside of Chicago. This involved working with abused and neglected children in foster care. She completed her dissertation on the social skills of children with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome and earned a Psy.D. in 2002.

Dr. Johnson has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings, including schools, community outreach programs, community mental health centers and private practice. She provides psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults and families to help with behavioral concerns, parenting strategies, family conflict, ADHD, depression, anxiety, divorce issues, self esteem, social skills, grief, loss, trauma, abuse, stress management and life transitions.

Additionally, Dr. Johnson provides psychological evaluations for children and adolescents ages 6-17 years old. The diagnostic process is individualized to meet the needs of the client. Information is collected from multiple sources (e.g. parents, child, school) and is used to help develop interventions. The results are then shared with parents.

Tim Luis, PhD


Dr. Luis is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Luis also provides neuropsychological testing for children and adults. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Vanderbilt University and his PhD at Tulane University. He completed his internship in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Arizona Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. In addition to his clinical work at Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Luis is an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus State Community College. Dr. Luis is also a Medical Expert for the Diocese of Columbus.

Amanda Rush, NP


Amanda is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges who joined Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine in July 2012. Amanda is dedicated to offering compassionate, confidential psychiatric care. She believes strongly in the therapeutic relationship and approaches each client holistically, as a person in want of healing rather than a patient in need of fixing.

After graduating in 2008 from the Ohio State University College of Nursing with a Master’s degree, Amanda honed her clinical skills in Springfield, Ohio where she worked for Mental Health Services for Clark County, a non-profit community mental health agency. During her almost four-year tenure, Amanda had the opportunity to work with a myriad of clients whose issues ranged from anxiety to schizophrenia.

Amanda is a member of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is a strong advocate of eliminating stigma and raising public awareness of what mental illness is and is not. As a child of a mother with chronic mental illness, Amanda has personal knowledge of what it means to live with shame and uncertainty, and of the importance of instilling hope.

Certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Amanda provides mental health care, including medication management, to those 18 years and older. Her clinical interests include Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia.

Sharon Saia, LISW


Sharon Saia is a licensed independent social worker who joined Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine in 2005. Sharon has over 20 years of experience in providing psychotherapy for adults coping with trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and challenges of everyday life.

She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at The Ohio State University, in psychology and social work, respectively. She is a former Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDCIII-E). Sharon has experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, non-profit agencies, employee assistance programs and corporations.

Sharon provides Critical Incident Stress Management services. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and EMDRIA.

Jill Staufenberg, CNS


Jill is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in adult psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups. She has both BSN and MSN nursing degrees, with specialization in clinical therapy from Kent State University. She has over 30 years of experience and enjoys doing therapy with those who have mood and anxiety disorders, as well as trauma related disorders. She has particular expertise in offering therapy to those who are also dealing with various medical conditions such as oncology, gynecology and other co-existing medical disorders. Her experience and in-depth training includes a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing as well as complementary-integrative approaches that augment the therapy process. She has a wide array of clinical experience that includes psychiatric consultation-liaison for The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.  Additionally, she practiced for over 8 years at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. She continues to practice at The Department of Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. For over 20 years, she has been a psychotherapist in the Outpatient Mental Health and Behavioral Science division for all eras of veterans, including a special interest in women veteran mental health care.  She is delighted to be a psychotherapist with COBM for the past 2 years. Jill enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their two adult children – both graduates of Ohio State University – making them a proud ‘Buckeye Family’.

Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, PMH


Dr. Warren is Board Certified to provide a variety of recovery-based mental health psychotherapeutic interventions for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has been affiliated with Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine since 1998. Dr. Warren is also a Professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Director of the Psychiatric Nursing Program, and Affiliate Faculty for the Kirwin Institute for Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. Dr. Warren has extensive experience in leadership positions within nursing. Having published numerous articles and book chapters on practice, theoretical, and research issues regarding mood disorders and healthcare disparities, she is considered a national expert and consultant in areas of culture, diversity and inclusion within mental health organizations and systems. She served on a committee that developed a white paper for SAMSHA that discusses shared decision making treatment processes between clients and their mental health providers.

Dr. Warren, a National Institutes of Mental Health Minority Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2012. She has received the Mount Carmel Distinguished Alumnae Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Advanced Practice Excellence in Leadership Award, Most Influential Leader from Who’s Who in Black Columbus Award five times, the Columbus Black Nurses Nursing Excellence Award and the New Investigator Award from the Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

Nationally, Dr. Warren has served as the Chair for a Content Expert Panel and a member of the Appointments Committee for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Warren is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) where she served as its National President. Most recently, as Co-Chair and committee member, she helped develop APNA’s last five annual national Psychopharmacology Institutes. She recently received an award for her service to APNA. Dr. Warren pioneered the Executive Nurse position for the Ohio Department of Mental Health. In this position, she developed policy regarding psychiatric mental health nursing in the context of recovery and culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies for use within acute and primary care settings.