Kirk Woodring was appointed as the Retreat's Chief Clinical Officer in May, 2016. He had rejoined the Brattleboro Retreat's executive team as Vice President of Quality and Clinical Services in November 2014 after having served for most of the previous two years as Vice President of Clinical Services with the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Center for Human Development (CHD).
Before joining CHD, Woodring had served at the Retreat since 2008 as Director of Central Intake and Ambulatory Services, and later as Senior Director of Access, Evaluation, Ambulatory, and Security Services.
Woodring has an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work, where he has been an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in group therapy and crisis intervention since 1999.
In 2011 he co-authored the book Assessing the Risk: Suicidal Behavior in the Hospital Environment of Care, which is used by hospital emergency departments and medical surgical units across the US and Canada.