Leadership - Centerstone


Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone's Research Institute

Dr. Jennifer Lockman is the Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone’s Research Institute. As Chief Executive Officer, Lockman oversees all research and program evaluation activities at Centerstone. She leads the THRIVE Suicide Prevention Lab which focuses on developing and testing novel, brief psychotherapy interventions and developing and testing novel training strategies, two areas of focus for Centerstone’s Zero Suicide Initiative.

Lockman has more than 10 years’ experience in suicide prevention and has been a part of Centerstone since 2007 in several capacities, including Research Associate, Evaluation Associate, Program Evaluator, and Director of Clinical and Transformational Research. She has extensive grant experience, having served as the principal investigator of two Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grants and two National Strategies for Suicide Prevention Grants.

Lockman is a member of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration, American Psychological Association, International Association for Suicide Prevention, and American Association of Suicidology. Her research has been featured in academic journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Military and Veterans Health, and Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. She is a recipient of the Military Suicide Research Consortium Travel Award from the Military Suicide Research Consortium as well as the State of Tennessee Governor’s Award for translating suicide research to systems change across juvenile justice centers in the State of Tennessee.

Lockman holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University and two master’s degrees in Psychology and Professional Counseling from Lipscomb University. She served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for both the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, New York, and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.

Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute

Ashley Newton is Chief Operating Officer of Centerstone’s Research Institute. As Chief Operating Officer, Newton provides leadership and management to the executive leadership team for Centerstone’s Research Institute while ensuring operational excellence and positioning the organization for growth. She provides leadership across a range of clinical and operational projects that aim to close the science-to-service gap and that advance Centerstone’s Noble Purpose — delivering care that changes people’s lives. Newton also chairs the Enterprise Quality Council, a governance group leading system-wide initiatives that directly impact quality and risk management practices.

Newton has more than 14 years’ experience in behavioral health service delivery and healthcare leadership, and more than 5 years’ experience in healthcare research leadership and clinical transformation efforts. In her previous roles at Centerstone, Newton developed and implemented models of care intended to improve access to care in rural communities and to address the complex needs of unique populations. Other clinical transformation efforts include integration of research and technology into clinical operations, implementation of clinical and quality metrics to drive value-based care readiness, implementation of change management and continuous quality improvement methodologies, new service line development and growth, and implementation of design thinking methodologies in community behavioral health settings. She also sponsors the Centerstone Women’s Network, an employee resource group that seeks to address the unique challenges women experience in the workplace.

Newton is a member of the Project Management Institute, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, National Alliance for Healthcare Quality, and other various professional organizations.

Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a certified ACRA-ACC clinical supervisor, Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a Design Thinking Certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Shane Kuhlman, PhD — Chief Psychology Officer, Centerstone Shane Kuhlman, PhD — Chief Psychology Officer, Centerstone's Research Institute

Dr. Shane Kuhlman is the Chief Psychology Officer for Centerstone’s Research 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.

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  • Jonathan Morphett, Chair
  • David J. Melby, PhD, Immediate Past Chair
  • Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Vice Chair
  • Bob Williams, PhD, Secretary
  • Kevin Norton
  • Jennifer Lockman, PhD, CEO
  • Mark Faulkner
  • Douglas J. Leonard
  • Nedda Pollack
  • A John Rose
  • Dr. Raghu Upender
  • Lisa Campbell
  • Tom Mahler
  • Carolyn Audet, PhD

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