David Roth, MD


Dr. David Roth is a Psychiatrist with a focus in patients with a wide range of behavioral, neurological, medical, and mental health disorders and issues.

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Dr. David Roth is a Psychiatrist with a focus in patients with a wide range of behavioral, neurological, medical, and mental health disorders and issues. He loves working with youth, and the young at heart. He has many areas of professional interest including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, tics, irritability, impulsivity, ADHD, ADD, high functioning autism spectrum disorder (and other developmental disabilities), and many more.  

As a Psychiatrist, he has a very motivational approach with patients and often finds the paths to meaning and purpose through the forest of pain and suffering. He tries to include a patient’s key support people and passions as part of the treatment process. When managing a chronic condition, he tries to educate patients about how their condition cycles, how to identify changes in acuity, and how to use booster medications and other interventions to avert negative consequences such as problems with school, coworkers, law enforcement and hospitalization. 

Dr. David Roth is also an advocate for alternative treatment plans such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine in addition to traditional medication management. In his words, These treatments can positively impact patients in ways that other medications and even great therapy cannot. Having immediate access to these impactful procedures ensures patients don’t get stuck suffering while their depression resists more commonly available treatments.  

Personal Interests

Although he is still getting used to the Bay Area weather, he loves living there. In his opinion, the area has great people, great restaurants, and great hikes to do with his dogs. As well as great roads to explore on his motorcycles.

Education & Experience

Dr. Roth first attended Northwestern University for his Bachelor’s degree in History and Literature of World Religions. He then attended the University of Louisville for his Medical Doctorate (M.D.)

After graduating Northwestern University with a degree in History and Literature of World Religions, he attended medical school in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. He was fortunate to be selected for the prestigious Triple Board Residency Program in Honolulu, HI, where he then did his residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Neurology, and completed his fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in an integrated 5-year program.

He stayed in Hawaii for the next twenty years, where he got to enjoy the tropical lifestyle, work with an extremely diverse and multiethnic population, and provide much needed care to patients in rural areas and on all the islands. He worked in many different settings including private practice, Department of Health, schools, and he also provided contracted psychiatric services to many adolescent programs across the islands.

His years of island-hopping lead him to pioneer the use of telepsychiatry in Hawaii. Since 2014 he has been teaching other physicians and therapists at national and international conferences how to use telemedicine technology well and how to develop sustainable training and treatment programs.

Certifications & Memberships

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Psychiatric Association


Myers K, Roth D, Ramtekkar U, Pruitt D. Telemental Health and e-Mental Health
Applications with Children and Adolescents. Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, 3rd Edition. Edited by Mina Dulcan. American Psychiatric
Publishing. 2021.

DeJong SM, Alicata D, Brooks D, Khan S, Pruitt D, Ramtekkar U, Roth D, Vo LanChi, Busch B, Myers K. Pediatric Telepsychiatry Curriculum for Graduate
and Continuing Medical Education, May 2020. Available online
at aadprt.org/VTO/Model Curricula and at aacap.org.

Roth D. Telehealth @ Home. Amazon Publishing, 2020.

Roth D. E., Ramtekkar U., Zeković-Roth S. (2019). Telepsychiatry: A New
Treatment Venue for Pediatric Depression. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric
Clinics of North America, 28(3), 377-395.

Roth D, Ramtekkar U (2018) Lights, Camera, Action: Practical Answers to
Common Questions about Telepsychiatry. AACAP News. Vol 49(3): 127-129.
May/June 2018.

Myers, K., Cummings, J. R., Zima, B., Oberleitner, R., Roth, D., Merry, S. M., …
Stasiak, K. (2018). Advances in Asynchronous Telehealth Technologies to
Improve Access and Quality of Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents.
Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 3(2), 87–106.

Myers K, Roth D. Telepsychiatry with Children and Adolescents. Lewis’s Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, 5th edition. Edited by Andrés Martin, Fred R. Volkmar,
and Michael H. Bloch. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. 2017.

Myers K, Roth D. Child Telemental Health Guideline. American Telemedicine
Association, 2017.

Roth D (2017) Why is my kid so angry? Hawaii Parent Magazine, Honolulu:
Harrington Publishing. June/July 2017.

Roth D, Ramtekkar U (2017) Lights, Camera, Action: Practical Answers to
Common Questions about Telepsychiatry. AACAP News. Vol 48(3): 116-117.
May/June 2017.

Myers, Kathleen et al. Clinical Update: Telepsychiatry With Children and
Adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry. Vol 56(10): 875-893. October 2017.

Myers, Kathleen, Roth, David E. et al. (2016) Asynchronous Telehealth
Technologies to Improve the Quality of Children’s Mental Health Care. Journal of
the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol 55 (10): S31 – S32.

Roth D. Telehealth @ Home Guidebook. January 2016.

Roth D. Telehealth @ School Guidebook. January 2016.

Andrus J, Roth D. (2000) Harnessing High-Tech: Psychiatric Trainees at the
Forefront of Telepsychiatry. Psychiatric Residents’ Newsletter. APA. Spring Ed.

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