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"I love doing what I do and having the opportunity to give back to so many men and women of the 104 keeping me safe," says Frank J. Gallo, Ph.D., a Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider and new Director of Psychological Health. Since 2010, Dr. Gallo has been working with people struggling in the aftermath of trauma. He was the Director of Uniformed Services Program at the Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont, a partial hospitalization program providing specialized and dedicated trauma and addiction treatment to uniformed service professionals including service members, veterans, police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, paramedics and EMT's. Dr. Gallo left he Retreat and joined the Center for Human Development (CHD) in Springfield, MA, to create and develop the Traumatic Stress Recovery Center. A program dedicated exclusively to trauma-informed care, treatment and services. Dr. Gallo has experience and speciality training in cognitive and behavioral therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and evidence-based treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has also trained many mental health professionals in the delivery of ACT to diverse treatment populations.
Besides Dr. Gallo's clinical experience, he was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Western New England University. He left the University and CHD to work exclusively with uniformed service professionals: to advocate, promote and guide their psychological fitness for life readiness. Dr. Gallo received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and clinical psychology respecialization from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a retired police officer from the Cranston Rhode Island Police Department. His police experience included uniformed patrol detectives and the special reaction team, which involved training in specialized tactics and weapons to resolve high-threat situations. "My police experience has been extremely valuable in my work with service members and veterans," says Dr. Gallo.
Dr. Gallo has published numerous articles in the field of Police Psychology and has written police training manuals. He has also provided police recruit and in-service trainings, seminars on delivering psychological services to uniformed service professionals and integrating psychological treatments and uniformed services training to increase psychological flexibility, valued living and work performance. Dr. Gallo's research interests include PTSD and effective treatments for uniformed service professionals.
"I am excited to be at the 104 and to develop innovative trainings that simply work for our Airmen and help them live rich, full and meaningful lives," says Dr. Gallo.