Dr. Roth was born and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Adelbert College and The Medical School of Case Western Reserve University. He trained in Pediatrics at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York, and was drafted from his Residency to serve in the USAF. He served in Spain and Morocco in the The Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a Pediatrician and a General Medical Officer. Upon his discharge, he returned to Cleveland for a Residency in Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Upon completing his training, he was appointed Child Psychiatric Consultant to B&C Hospital for a year, and then Director of the Child Psychiatric Out-Patient Department. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and of the American Board of Child Psychiatry.
Dr. Roth's main focus has been direct clinical practice, namely, intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He graduated from the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Institue in both Adult and Child Psychoanalysis and has engaged in the full time practice of Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry and Adult and Child Psychoanalysis for over 30 years. In addition, for many years he served as Treatment Team Leader at Bellefaire Residential Treatment Center and as Consultant to Juvenile Court of Cuyahoga County, to Jewish Family Service Association, and to the Child Welfare Department of Cuyahoga County at its Metzenbaum Children's Center and Cuyahoga Hills Boys' School.
After relocating to Palm Desert in southern California in 1997, Dr. Roth began to become aware of the patients who became the subject of this book. Working in his private practice and as a part-time Psychiatrist for Riverside County Mental Health and then for the California Department of Corrections at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, he came in contact with patients who presented a different pathology than he had noted before. He became increasingly aware of the existence of this condition, and the surprising lack of recognition of the condition by other clinicians. He then researched the literature for several years, only to find a lack of recognition in the literature. Because of the severity of the disturbance and the attendant suffering, and because of the relative treatability of the condition, Dr. Roth felt The Post-LSD Syndrome should be brought to public attention.