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David Roth, S.T.L, Ph.D.



David ROTH, S.T.L., Ph.D.

David Roth, Ph.D, is Director of Spiritual Care and the senior on-site CPE supervisor for Kaiser Permanente (KP) in Northern California. He holds a BA in socio-cultural anthropology from Temple University, an MA in religious studies from Providence College, a graduate diploma in spirituality, as well as a licentiate and a PhD in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.  David completed a one-year residency in clinical pastoral care (Levels I & II) under the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) at Lehigh Valley Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center affiliated with the Penn State University School of Medicine, a year-long traineeship in sex and relationship therapy at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a fellowship in psychoanalysis at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute (now Psychoanalytic Association of New York) affiliated with NYU School of Medicine.

David served as Clinical Professor of Chaplaincy and CPE Supervisor at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (2018-19) and has been a professor of spirituality, pastoral ministry and applied ethics in the graduate schools of several colleges and universities. He is a former member of the board of directors of Grex, the West Coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, and in 1989 was elected a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. In 2019 he became the first person from the clinical pastoral field to be added as member of the clinical register of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society.

David is general editor for the Boisen Books Project ( that is publishing new editions of the major works of the founder of the clinical pastoral care movement, Anton T. Boisen. At the 2015 CPSP Plenary gathering in Chicago, he curated the first-ever exhibit of primary source materials from the Boisen Archives.