Shane Kuhlman – Chief Psychology Officer, Centerstone’s Institute

Expertise in:
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Models
  • Addiction and Recovery


Shane Kuhlman, PhD

Dr. Shane Kuhlman is the Chief Psychology Officer for Centerstone’s Institute.  As an integrated clinical and counseling psychologist by training, his primary role is in reviewing evidence based practices for Centerstone and developing clinical models tailored to fit systems of care.  Additionally, he works closely alongside the Director of Implementation Science and the Director of Clinical Education to identify problems, develop tailored trainings, and implement specialized curricula for disorders, clinical problems, and clinical contexts. He specializes in substance use and clinical/community suicide prevention.

Kuhlman joined Centerstone in 2020 following his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. He has a research program rooted in engaging clients in care and managing transitions of care to aid in suicide prevention. His clinical experience ranges many contexts including crisis, inpatient, SUD residential, community outpatient, and substance use disorder treatment in an innovative inpatient medicine in psychiatry unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Kuhlman has numerous peer-reviewed publications, primarily focused on risk factors for suicide prevention, upstream suicide prevention, substance misuse, and meaning making.  He was the project director and coordinator for two prior grants in suicide prevention. Kuhlman has a history of advocacy and community involvement in suicide prevention, including campus community based leadership and advocacy, directing campus community walks fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and walking two 18-mile overnight walks for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York City and San Francisco.

Kuhlman earned his PhD in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of South Alabama and his master’s degree in psychology from the University of South Alabama.  He is originally from Pensacola, Florida and completed his undergraduate degree in psychology as well as some of his masters work at The University of West Florida.

Past Presentations:

  • Kuhlman, S., Fulle, N., Schild, L., & Ceraci, K. (2019, April). I Can’t Breathe. A Lifetime of Learned Behaviors. Interdisciplinary clinical case presentation for Schwartz Rounds at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • Kuhlman, S., Marie, L. & Smith, P. N. (2017, September). Evidence Based Suicide Risk Formulation/Assessment.  Workshop presented to Mobile Sheriff’s Office supervisors from Mobile County in Mobile, Al.
  • Kuhlman, S. & Smith, P. N. (2017, March). Evidence Based Suicide Risk Formulation/Assessment.  Workshop presented to Mobile Sheriff’s Office supervisors from Mobile County in Mobile, Al.

Recent Publications:

  • Smith, P.N, Kuhlman, S.T.W., & Wolford-Clevenger, C. (2020). Examining the interpersonal theory of suicide in acutely suicidal psychiatric inpatients. Death Studies.
  • Smith, P.N., Basu, N., Wolford-Clevenger, C., Schuler, K.R., Marie, L., Kuhlman, S.T.W., & Boone, S. (2020). Unmet Interpersonal Needs Contribute to Accepting Attitudes towards Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.
  • Kuhlman, S.T.W., Smith, P. N., Marie, L., Fadoir, N., & Hudson, K. (2020). A pilot randomized controlled trial of the Alliance Project Suicide Prevention Training. Archives of Suicide Research. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2020.1767246
  • Wolford-Clevenger, C., Kuhlman, S., Morgan, M., Stefurak, T., & Smith, P. N. (2020). Suicidal Behavior Exposure Scale: A study of the factor structure in first responders. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
  • Currier, J.M., Fadoir, N., Carroll, T. Kuhlman, S., Marie, L., Taylor, S. Smith, T. Isaak, S. L., & Sims, B. M. (2019). Divine struggles and suicide probability among men in early recovery from substance use disorders. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  • Fadoir, N. A., Kuhlman, S. T. W., & Smith, P. N. (2019). Suicide risk and restricted emotions: The diverging effects of masculine gender norms and suicide capability, Archives of Suicide Research, 24, 323-339. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1599480

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Association of Suicidology

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