Russell Davis, PhD

Russell Davis
  • Chair, Department of Patient Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Email: rhdavis2@vcu.edu

Russell Haden Davis serves as Professor and Rev. Robert B. Lantz Chair of the Department of Patient Counseling in the College of Health Professions. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia (Psychology), and a PhD from the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Psychiatry and Religion). He is certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. He is an ordained minister and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. 

Prior to VCU, Russell Davis served as the founding director of the School of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sentara Hospitals (Norfolk, Virginia), and as the Executive Director for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He has held faculty appointments (General Medical Faculty and Religious Studies) at the University of Virginia and at the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Psychiatry and Religion). In addition, he has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including The Riverside Church (New York City). He is the author of Freud's Concept of Passivity (International Universities Press), and has published articles and chapters in the area of psychiatry and religion and in Kierkegaard studies. His research interests include the history of psychoanalysis, the psychodynamics of vocation, and spirituality and health.