Rev. Dr. Donald (Don) Stouder

Social, Transpersonal, Integral, and Climate Change Psychology. Medical Humanities and Bioethics.
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Rev. Dr. Don Stouder is a thomasine priest, career hospital and hospice chaplain, and medical ethicist who has published research in the areas of grief and bereavement, integral theory, and counseling theory. As chaplain and grief counselor, Don served in hospital trauma centers in the San Diego area as well as working with organ donor families. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Grief and Bereavement at Reliance Hospice in Palm Desert, California.

Dr. Stouder has previously served two terms on the national bioethics committee for the United Network for Organ Sharing. He currently serves on the Ethics Council and Bereavement Professionals Steering Committee for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). He has taught or guest-lectured at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and the San Diego Institute for Integrative Studies.

Before being ordained in 1993, Don was an EMT-Paramedic in his home state of New Jersey as well as in California after moving there in 1985. He is the author of five books and several research articles and loves photography, aviation, sailing, good wine, and road trips. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Other activities Don enjoys include reading, ham radio (N1GAY), adventure travel, having a small ownership share of a Temecula winery, being a climate activist, being with his husband, and playing with their cats. He is obsessed with the Salton Sea and Julia Child’s cooking.

Psychology, Bereavement, Grief, LGBTQ, Climate Change, Counseling
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