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Philip A. Rutter, Ph.D., CST :: 610-499-4347

Associate Professor


B.S. General Arts and Sciences, Minor Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

M.Ed. Counselor Education, Temple University

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Temple University

Post-Doctoral Fellow/Sandra Williams Scholar, Temple University

Licensed Psychologist, PA

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST)

Specialty Areas: The intersection of sexual health and mental health, LGB youth and young adult suicide protective and risk factor assessment and intervention, clinical training to serve LGBT populations/families, grant writing and community partnerships to enhance mental health services and assessment of suicidality amongst LGBT youth/young adults, application of Gay Affirmative Therapy Model to same sex couples counseling and sex therapy.

Courses: HSED 593: Behaviors in Human Sexuality; HSED 562: Sex Therapy I - Couples and Relationship Therapy; HSED 662: Sex Therapy II - Sexual Dysfunctions and Treatment; HSED 762: Sex Therapy III - Advanced Sex Therapy with Special Populations; HSED 719: Sensitive Issues in Clinical Sexology; HSED 695-696: Clinical Sexology Practicum; HSED 901, 903, 999: Dissertation; DPSY 688: Assessment, Prevention & Intervention Strategies for Reducing Suicide Risk.

Career Summary: Dr. Rutter attended Temple University for his Masters in Counselor Education. From 1992-1994, he served as a counselor at the Community College of Philadelphia, and in ‘94 was promoted to Counseling Chair. Dr. Rutter was offered a full scholarship-graduate assistantship post in Temple University’s Counseling Psychology program serving as admissions coordinator and masters level program coordinator from 1994-1997. In 1998, Dr. Rutter received the first Fahs-Beck Fund Dissertation award, to examine suicide risk comparing heterosexual to homosexual youth resulting in 4 publications, Rutter & Soucar, 2002; Rutter and Behrendt, 2004, Rutter, 2006, Rutter and Leech, 2006).  In 2000, he served as the first Sandra Williams Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University, allowing the transition to an academic post at the University of Colorado Denver-where Dr. Rutter served as Clinical Supervisor/Trainer for the Counseling Psychology program (2001-2009). In 2009, Dr. Rutter accepted the post at Widener University, to coordinate the Clinical track and since that time has helped it to engage a critical number of our current and new applicants to HSED.  Dr. Rutter also has a private practice in Center City Philadelphia serving individuals, couples and families inclusive of LGBT clients. He also is a Licensed Psychologist offering clinical supervision to those seeking psychology or professional counselor licensure.