Dr. Russell Haden Davis serves as Professor and Rev. Robert B. Lantz Chair in Patient Counseling in the College of Health Professions, Virignia Commonwealth University since July 1, 2012. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia (Psychology) and a M.Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. (Psychiatry and Religion) from the Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. He studied with Wayne Oates and received a Th.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is certified as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and is an ordained minister endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists.
Dr. Davis received training and supervision in psychoanalytically oriented pastoral psychotherapy with Robert A. Glick, M.D., former Director of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as with John Warkentin, M.D. and Rives Chalmers, M.D. of the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic. He also received training and supervision from Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and served on the New York board of the Imago Institute for Relationship Therapy.
Prior to VCU, Dr. Davis served as the Executive Director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He was the founding director of the School of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sentara Hospitals in Norfolk, Virginia. He has held full-time 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).
He has served as a parish minister and was an Associate Minister for Pastoral Care at The Riverside Church in New York City. In addition, he has worked as a Chaplain and CPE Supervisor in a prison, a state psychiatric hospital and several academic medical centers.
He is the author of Freud's Concept of Passivity (International Universities Press) and has published a number of articles and chapters in pastoral care and chaplaincy, in the interdisciplinary field of depth psychology and religion, as well as in Kierkegaard studies. His research interests include the history of psychoanalysis, the psychodynamics of vocation and spirituality and health.