Carrie Doehring

Clifford Baldridge Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Contact Information

  • Phone: (303) 765-3169
  • Fax: (303) 777-0164
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  • B.Mus., McGill University
  • M.Div., McGill University
  • M.Th., Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Ph.D., Boston University


Carrie Doehring has been on the faculty of Iliff School of Theology since 2003. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Colorado, and ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Her scholarship focuses on interreligious, socially just and research literate spiritual care of trauma, moral stress, and spiritual struggles.

Dr. Doehring is the author of over 50 chapters and articles, including her first-authored chapter on “Practicing socially just, interreligious, and evidence-based spiritual care” in Rambo & Cadge (Eds.), Chaplaincy and spiritual care in the twenty-first century: An introduction. Her book The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach, Revised and Expanded (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015) is used as a textbook in pastoral care and clinical pastoral education throughout the United States and Canada. She is co-editor of (2019) Military moral injury and spiritual care: A resource for religious leaders and professional caregivers.

She has advised 26 doctoral dissertations. She was awarded 2009 the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award, from Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association. She received the Senior Career Award, the Society for Pastoral Counseling Research in Canada. She has also received the medal from The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS), given in recognition of outstanding scholarship and leadership in teaching spiritual care.

Dr. Doehring’s representative courses are

  • Moral stress, resilience, and spiritual integration
  • Spiritual care and sexuality
  • Spiritual care of post-traumatic stress