Steven Ivy, MDiv, PhD

Dr. Steven Ivy has served as Senior Vice President for Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Pastoral Services of Indiana University Health in Indianapolis since 2000. His leadership roles include developing philosophy and practices related to mission and values integration, nurturing spirit in the workplace programs, sustaining both organizational ethics and clinical ethics programs, ensuring effective community involvement, developing palliative care programs and focusing chaplaincy, pastoral education and congregational health programs.

Dr. Ivy also has teaching appointments at Christian Theological Seminary and Indiana University School of Medicine. He is Senior Affiliate Faculty with the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. His current research focuses on education of medical professionals and community regarding care of persons with advanced illnesses. This work is supported by grants from the Walther Foundation and from the Methodist Health Foundation.

Dr. Ivy’s community leadership includes responsibilities with several regional and national professional organizations, board participation with local not-for-profits and responsibilities with local church organizations. His primary professional organization responsibilities have been with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Dr. Ivy is a Baptist clergy. He previously served at Parkland Hospital in Dallas (TX), the V.A. Medical Center in Nashville (TN), Baptist Hospital in Louisville (KY) and a church in Grand Rapids (MI). He has also had teaching appointments at Brite Divinity School, Perkins School of Theology, Vanderbilt Divinity School and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


  • 1985 – Doctorate of Philosophy with a focus on Psychology of Religion, Pastoral Care and Christian Philosophy, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 1981 – Masters of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 1977 – Masters of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 1974 – Bachelors of Science, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Representative Publications


  • The Promise and Pain of Loneliness. Broadman Press, 1989. Translated as Die Eisamkeit Sprengen, Johannis Lahr, 1991.

Book Chapters:

  • “Professionalism and Ethics: Fundamental to Effective Psychotherapy and Counseling Practices,” Transforming Wisdom: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Theological Perspective. Felcity Kelcourse and Bernie Lyons, eds. Cascade Press, in press for 2014.
  • “Appreciating the power of narratives in healthcare: a tool for understanding organizational complexity and values,” Taylor AC, Karnieli-Miller O, Inui TS, Ivy SS, Frankel RM. In, Christopher Candlin, Srikant Sarangi (Eds.) Handbook of Communication in Organizations and Professions, pp 457-479. Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2011.

Publications in Scholarly Journals:

  • “Language and Practice Changes in Canadian and US Specialized Pastoral Care and Counseling: a conversation,” Bard TA, Carr JC, Ivy SS. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 68 (March 2014) 7:1-3.
  • "Understanding Values in a Large Health Care Organization through Work-Life Narratives of High Performing Employees," Taylor AC, Karnieli-Miller O, Inui TS, Ivy SS, Frankel RM. Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal, 2:4 (October, 2011).
  • “The Effect of Spiritual Retreat on Nurses’ Spirituality: A Randomized Controlled Study,” Bay, P. and Ivy, SS. Holistic Nursing Practice 24 (2010) 125-133.
  • “Educating CPE Supervisors: A Grounded Theory Study,” Ragsdale, J.R., Holloway, E.L., Ivy, S.S. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 63 (2009) 7.1-9.
  • “Chaplaincy Research: A Case Study,” Bay, P, Ivy, SS. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 60 (2006), 343-352. With Paul Bay.

Publications in Popular Press:

  • “A Spiritual Perspective on the Practice of Medicine,” Indianapolis Medical Journal, 96 (August 2007), 8,42.