Frank J. Gallo, Ph.D

Frank Gallo , Ph.D
Director of Clinical Operations

Dr. Gallo is a retired police officer from the Cranston, RI, Police Department. His law enforcement experience included uniformed patrol, community policing, detective work, staff training, and work on the special reaction team that involved using specialized tactics and weapons to resolve high-threat situations.

Having previously served as Director of the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Services Program (USP) from 2010--2013, Dr. Frank Gallo returned to the Retreat in 2015 to become the hospital's Manager of Performance Improvement, and is currently the Director of Clinical Operations. In April 2017 he returned to USP in a new role as the program's senior clinical leader.

His clinical experience includes directing the Traumatic Stress Recovery Center at the Center for Human Development and directing the psychological health program at the Massachusetts Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing.

In addition to Dr. Gallo’s clinical experience, he was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Western New England University--a position he left to dedicate his work to helping uniformed service professionals.

“My police experience and work with military service members have been extremely valuable in what I do at the Uniformed Services Program,” says Dr. Gallo.

Dr. Gallo is the author of numerous articles in the field of police psychology, police training manuals, and the 2017 book Bouncing Back from Trauma: The Essential Step by Step Guide for Police Readiness.

He has provided recruit and in-service training for uniformed service professionals.  He has presented and consulted nationally on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in uniformed service settings and internationally on issues related to policing and the use of force.

“We are excited at the Retreat to develop innovative treatments that simply work for uniformed service professionals and get them back to living rich, full, meaningful lives at work, home, and in other important areas of life,” says Dr. Gallo.