Sidney Hays, MSW, LISW, DARTT

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Sidney Hays serves as an outpatient therapist at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She works with both adult and adolescent patients. Sidney earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati, after earning a BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She was named Psychology Student of the Year in 2015 and was a teaching assistant for introductory Psychology courses.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Sidney assisted in serving the mental health needs of inmates at Warren County Jail during her graduate training. She also trained in the social service department of a community non-profit. After graduate school, she served as a day treatment therapist, working with adolescents. Prior to entering graduate school, Sidney volunteered and worked in various youth and student ministry positions for 10 years. Most recently, Sidney served as the Partial Hospitalization Program Social Worker here at the Lindner Center of Hope, where she gained experience treating patients with eating disorders.

Sidney has devoted significant time to specialized training in trauma treatment. She is certified in Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy and enjoys working with patients who have experienced hurt and chaos in their families of origin. Sidney has also done training in TF-CBT, Seven Challenges addiction treatment, and Trust Based Relational Intervention, which trains caregivers who are caring for kids from hard places.


  • 2014-2016  B.A.            Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2017-2019  MSW          Social Work, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2019 Social Work License, Ohio Social Work, Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board
  • 2021 Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapist, Healing our Core Issues Institute

Erin Snider, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
Lindner Center of HOPE

After studying Psychology at University of Kentucky, Erin received a BS in Nursing at Wright State University (WSU). After gaining 5 years of RN experience working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) collectively between the Specialty Resource Unit and CCHMC psychiatry unit at Lindner Center of HOPE (LCOH), she completed a MS in the PMHNP program at WSU.

Since becoming a board-certified APRN, PMHNP, Erin has been on the UC/LCOH Child and Adolescent team working primarily with the inpatient and partial hospital adolescent programs.  She has a passion for helping people heal through developing resilience, mindfulness, and healthy coping using Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Ronald Freudenberg, Jr., MA, LPCC-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Mr. Freudenberg has over 13 years of experience working as a licensed clinical counselor and serves as an Outpatient Therapist with the Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates.  Freudenberg practices as a generalist, working primarily with adults as well as older adolescents with a range of mental health and substance use issues.  His main focus is individual therapy, although open to seeing some couples as well.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Freudenberg worked as a clinical supervisor at the Clermont Recovery Center.  Prior roles included Diagnostician/Clinician (CRC/GCGHS), and prior to that, 8yrs as an Outpatient Generalist Therapist (MH/SUD) in community mental health (GCBHS: Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.)

He has a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Xavier University, and is an independently licensed professional clinical counselor (with supervision designation) in Ohio.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • General adult mental health and addictions therapy
  • Individual and couples counseling
  • Counseling supervision
  • Chemical dependency counseling and education
  • Relationships and communication
  • Career issues/counseling

Also has experience with parenting, anger mgmt. counseling and education.

Also of interest:

  • Health and wellness (fitness, athletics, weight loss)
  • Stage of life transitions
  • Spirituality


  • 1998  BSBA, Xavier University
  • 2007  MA Community Counseling, Xavier University

Licensure and Certification:

  • State of Ohio, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation  (LPCC-S)


Catrina Spicer , LISW-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Catrina Spicer is an experienced member of the psychology outpatient department at Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides outpatient therapy for young adults, adults and advanced age adults with anxiety and mood disorders utilizing evidence based practices based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and solution and strength based techniques. Additionally, she provides behavioral health treatment in the areas of relationship counseling, is part of the outpatient eating disorder treatment team and has an interest in grief and women’s services.

Prior to joining Lindner Center of HOPE, Ms. Spicer worked in the behavioral health department at a large primary care physician practice, providing brief, solution-focused interventions that are problem-specific and focused on improving self-management skills and functioning. The skills were based on DBT and ACT interventions, with built-in measurements to assess patient outcomes. Additionally, Ms Spicer worked in a Corporate Health division within a large health care system, providing individual, couples and family counseling for adolescents, adults and the elderly. Ms. Spicer has considerable training and professional experience working with many psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders. She has dedicated many years to working in areas such as Women’s medical and behavioral health services and serving and supporting the bereaved.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Women’s Health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Holistic approach to wellbeing
  • Anxiety

Licensure and Certification:

  • Member of NASW

Heather A. Connor, LISW-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Ms. Connor serves as an outpatient therapist at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides individual and family based therapy in the Outpatient Practice. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and is a member of the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program. As a part of the program she provides services in the outpatient, adult partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and residential programs.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Heather served as an outpatient therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center serving adolescents and families providing individual, family-based, and group therapy in the outpatient setting. Ms. Connor also has past experience working in community mental health and has experience providing care in both the inpatient and residential settings. She also previously served as Manager of Social Work, Recreation Therapy, and Spiritual Care at the Lindner Center of HOPE.

In addition to her interest in eating disorders, Ms. Connor also has interest in working with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, body image, and is LGBTQ+ affirming. She is trained in Family Based Therapy (FBT) and has taken part in specialized trainings through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Her approach also utilizes skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


  • 2001-2005 Bachelors of Science (BS), Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • 2007-2009 Masters of Social Work (MSW), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


  • 2007-2008 Internship: Psychiatric Emergency Services, University Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2008-2009 Internship: Residential Chemical Dependency Program, Veteran Affairs Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2009: Licensed Social Worker, S.0901173
  • 2011: Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervision Designation, I.1200343-SUPV

Nicole Mori, RN, MSN, APRN-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Nicole Mori serves as a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Lindner Center of HOPE, with a primary focus on adults with mood disorders and obesity.  In her role at the Research Institute, Ms. Mori is involved in all aspects of the research process, from screening, evaluating and managing study participants, to the preparation of papers for publication.

Ms. Mori has extensive experience as a Registered nurse and in advanced practice.  She is dually certified as a Family nurse practitioner and as a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which enables her to address the needs of complex patients holistically.

She joined the Research Institute at the Lindner Center of Hope in 2008.  As a researcher, Ms. Mori has served as co-investigator, study clinician and coordinator for numerous clinical trials ranging from mood disorders, to obesity, eating disorders and PTSD.

Ms. Mori has co-authored more than 20 original peer-reviewed published articles on the topics of binge eating disorder and obesity, pharmacotherapy of eating and mood disorders.  She has served as an invited expert exam content writer for the American Nurses’s Credentialing Center, which provides the only national certification for Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.

Areas of Specialty and Interest:

  • Eating Disorders (binge eating focus)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obesity
  • Psychopharmacology in medical comorbidities

Valerie LK Martin, MDiv., GRMS

Spiritual Care Coordinator
Lindner Center of HOPE

Valerie Martin oversees the spiritual support program, serving the spiritual & faith needs of patients, families and staff.  Her Team meets with patients who want to include spirituality and faith in their ongoing recovery, helps provide for patients’ spiritual and religious requests while at LCOH, and leads Enrichment groups.

Her passion is helping people know their worth and purpose, while developing and maintaining a healthy spirituality that supports recovery and wellness.  She focuses on encouraging a holistic approach to good mental health and advocates for healthy community support for patients and families.

Valerie completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education here at the Lindner Center and at Vineyard Cincinnati Church, where she served on the pastoral care team for six years. Valerie has also been a volunteer in the church’s Growth and Healing Ministry (Life Reset) for many years.

As a Grief Recovery Method® Specialist, Valerie is certified to facilitate this evidence-based program that can help people deal with unresolved grief.  Helping others navigate loss is a sub-specialty for which she is continuing her training.

Ordained as a chaplain with International Fellowship of Chaplain in 2007, Valerie is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, the Spiritual Care Association & the East North Central Community of SCA.

In another life, Valerie worked as a non-profit professional specializing in fund-raising, board and volunteer management & public relations, where she was known for her skill in consensus building. Just prior to joining Lindner Center, Valerie worked with court-referred clients as a life and career coach.  She is a freelance writer and authors a blog, More Hope and is a member of hope*writers.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Spiritual Distress and Spiritual Struggle
  • Worth of Personhood
  • Grief & Loss
  • Spiritual Exploration
  • Crisis Support


  • 1986 B.A. Communications, Wilmington College, Wilmington OH
  • 2013 M.Div. Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA

Kimberly Spivey, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Kimberly Spivey is a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner at Lindner Center of HOPE. She serves adults in the inpatient and outpatient setting by providing holistic mental health care, including medication management.

Kimberly graduated summa cum laude and earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from The Ohio State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Christ College of Nursing where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Mary Deegan Leadership of Nursing Award. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at Gateway Community & Technical College and graduated summa cum laude. Kimberly is an active member of the Neuroscience Education Institute and has completed the Master Psychopharmacology Program.

Prior to becoming an advanced practice registered nurse, Kimberly served as a registered nurse for more than 12 years. She cared for adults on the inpatient and residential units at The Lindner Center of HOPE where she worked closely with psychiatrists and gained experience in psychopharmacology and working with people struggling with a wide variety of mental health concerns. This is where she became inspired to continue her education so that she could provide more specialized care to those in need.

Kimberly’s practice is evidence-based, trauma-informed, and incorporates the mind-body-spirit connection.

Lindsey Collins Conover, PhD

Staff Psychologist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Dr. Conover is a Psychologist and member of the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Team at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She has expertise in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children and adults with OCD and anxiety disorders. She serves as a therapist for patients with OCD and anxiety disorders and provides specialized OCD consultations on the two residential units, Sibcy House and Williams House. She also provides outpatient therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to direct clinical services, Dr. Conover is involved in unit staff trainings on ERP.

Dr. Conover completed her postdoctoral clinical psychology fellowship at the Lindner Center of HOPE. During her fellowship, she provided individual therapy for patients with OCD and anxiety disorders on the residential units. She completed her APA accredited predoctoral internship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in the Child/Adolescent Track. During her internship, she provided outpatient CBT, psychoeducational assessments, and intake evaluations to children, adolescents, and young adults. She also participated in multidisciplinary PANS/PANDAS diagnostic evaluations as a behavioral specialist. Dr. Conover earned an M.S. and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY). As a member of the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic, she conducted diagnostic interviews and provided ERP and CBT for patients with OCD and anxiety disorders. She also conducted clinical research on the treatment of OCD.

In addition to receiving specialized training in ERP for adults and children with OCD, her clinical experiences have included conducting psychoeducational and autism evaluations (ADOS 2) and providing family, individual and group psychotherapy. She has experience using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions, parent management training, and social skills training. Dr. Conover enjoys working with patients across the lifespan.

Dr. Conover has published several scientific papers on exposure therapy for OCD and childhood risk for OCD. She also cowrote a chapter on the efficacy and theory of various psychotherapy approaches for OCD in Psychotherapy: The State of the Science and Practice (2018). She has served as an adjunct reviewer for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.

Presentation Topics:

  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Challenges in Implementing Exposure Therapy with Oppositional Youth
  • CBT for Childhood Anxiety
  • Treating Anxiety and Related Conditions
  • Pathways to Inflated Responsibility Beliefs in OCD
  • Sudden Gains in ERP for OCD


  • 2010-2014 B.A. Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 2014-2016 M.S. Clinical Psychology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • 2016-2020 PhD Clinical Psychology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Internship and Residencies:

  • 2019-2020 APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship, Child/Adolescent Psychology Track, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson AZ
  • 2020-2021 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lindner Center of Hope/UC Health, Mason OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2021 Ohio State Board of Psychology, License # 08185

Marilyn Schwemberger, MBA, MSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer
Lindner Center of HOPE

Marilyn has served as Chief Nursing Officer for the Lindner Center of HOPE since April 2015.  She is experienced in administrative management, strategic planning, relationship management, evidenced-based practice, and quality improvement.

In this role, she is responsible for oversight of psychiatric nursing practice, development of policies and procedures for assigned departments, assures compliance with all applicable standards, regulations, and requirements of the Joint Commission, the Ohio Board of Nursing, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, CMS, and all other applicable regulatory agencies.

Marilyn’s expertise is complemented by over 40 years of experience in clinical/administrative practice. Her practice philosophy is patient & family-centered, focusing on restoring mental health functioning, cognition, and strength to the highest level possible.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, she served as the Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for the Kettering Health Network at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio for 10 years.  Marilyn also served as the Director of Older Adult Mental Health Services for Deaconess Hospital for 5 years.

Marilyn serves currently as adjunct faculty for Nursing Administration in the Master’s Program at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and for Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  She has given many presentations on various nursing/healthcare topics including team building, budget/productivity management, and communication techniques.


  • 2007- MBA, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
  • 1998- MSN, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio (Focus:  Nursing Administration)
  • 1994-BSN, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1984-Diploma RN, The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1978-AD, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky (Medical Technology)

Licensure and Certification:

  • State of Ohio-Registered Nurse
  • State of Kentucky-Registered Nurse