David Roseborough2017 Rising Alumni

David Roseborough

David Roseborough has been on the faculty of St. Catherine and St. Thomas universities since he earned his Ph.D. in social work in 2004. He is a highly regarded expert in clinical mental health, and also maintains a practice working with community mental health providers. David has earned recognition for his research and teaching, and is a longtime research consultant for a psychiatric clinic in St. Paul. He also is known for his commitment to social justice and advocacy, particularly within and for the LGBT community.


Associate Professor of Social Work, University of St. Thomas

CEHD Degree

Ph.D., Social Work, 2004

Please list any professional accomplishments you wish to mention.

Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and certified cognitive therapist (CCT). (I received a scholarship to study at the Beck Institute in 2010 and got to meet Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy). I was one of 10 recipients nationally.

Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas.

Nineteen years of clinical experience in the context of community mental health.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

I maintain a long-term professional relationship as a consultant to Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic's research program.

I co-taught an undergraduate honors seminar - reading from Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Please list any past or current volunteer activities.

I'm a long-time member of Bread for the World and belong to the organization One (both target extreme poverty and hunger, globally). I have also volunteered serving food at a shelter in Minneapolis.

Please list any awards or honors from your collegiate, professional, or volunteer experiences.

I was nominated for a John Ireland award for teaching and scholarship at the University of St. Thomas, and received a grant for conducting psychotherapy research from the American Psychoanalytic Association's Fund for Psychotherapy Research.

What professor(s) or course(s) were most influential during your time in CEHD?

I had several people who were generous to me with their time and expertise. I'd like to especially thank my mentor, Dr. Bill Bradshaw. I also so much appreciate Dr. Bill Doherty, who I have kept in touch with since graduating in 2004.

What skills are important to succeed as an emerging professional today?

This seems context-dependent to me. I think broadly that people benefit from skills in critical thinking, and a broad exposure to meaningful differences: different cultures and parts of the world, for example. At a time when the U.S. seems to be in a period of retrenchment, I'm reminded of the value and importance of a global perspective.

When you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you do?

I'm a life-long swimmer. I enjoy simple living: swimming, reading, and having coffee with friends.

How do others describe you?

"Interested in just about everything."

What was the impact and benefit of your educational experience in CEHD?

I appreciate so much the interdisciplinary opportunities I had through CEHD: taking courses in other fields such as developmental psychopathology at the Institute for Child Development and having the chance to learn from Dr. William Doherty in Family Social Science.

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

There are so many people: I'm inspired daily and am reminded daily as well of how much I don't know and of the strengths and knowledge other people bring to their work. The university environment is wonderful in that way.

How do you describe yourself?

I'll leave this to others. I would agree with "others" above and say I'm curious about and fascinated by the world, with all of its beauty and complexity.

What's a good book you'd recommend to others?

I'm currently reading "Born on Third Base: a One-Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality." It's by Chuck Collins, an heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune. He gave up his inheritance and continues to seek social justice for others. He offers a powerful social and economic analysis as a "State of the Union."

If you could have coffee with anyone from history, who would it be?

This is tough; there are so many inspiring people – past and present.

What gets you excited about work?

I'm energized by and love to teach. Research provides this, too, in that there are always new questions to ask. I enjoy being a part of new research projects.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An engineer, like my dad, but then I found out he didn't actually drive a train.

Outside of your job, how do you grow professionally?

I've enjoyed continuing to practice, which helps inform my teaching. I've appreciated being a part of an international group of mental health providers in CBT, by way of a professional listserv.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

I'm a unicyclist and juggler.