David Ross


Senior Therapist

David Ross, a lifelong resident of Baltimore City, is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) who also holds a B.A. in Media Arts and Entertainment. A senior therapist at the ROAR Center, David offers mental health support to individuals traumatized by an act of violence in Baltimore City.

He previously worked as the lead violence intervention specialist for the Violence Prevention Program at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. David  also co-founded  the entertainment group, The 5th L, with whom he performs socially conscious poetry, produces events, and facilitates creative writing workshops at grade schools and universities nationwide.

A published author of poetry books and albums, David is also the proud recipient of several distinguished honors, including The Guilbert A. Daley Dramatic Arts and Speech Communications Award, the Governor’s Victim Assistance Award, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Hero Award, and induction into the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture. Through the channels of social work and the creative arts, David aspires to be a socially conscious agent of change. When not making change, David likes to play video games, read mystery novels, go to live comedy shows, and spend quality time with family.

“The best thing a client ever told me is that they are much better today than they were yesterday.”

African American man with beard