Philip A. Rutter

Philip A. Rutter, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Licensed Psychologist
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Psychology & Mental Health

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Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Counseling Psychology (1998)
    Temple University (PA)
  • MEd, Counselor Education (1992)
    Temple University (PA)
  • BA, Arts and Sciences (1983)
    Pennsylvania State University--University Park (PA)

About Me

Since receiving my master's in counselor education, I have loved all aspects of clinical training whether theory, structure, or planning of clinical therapy services. Since my doctorate, I have taught and supervised courses on couples, family, group, and individual modalities. In the past decade I have moved actively toward teaching with practice-based relevance. The overlapping private clinical work I do enhances my teaching, and my work with Widener human sexuality students enhances my clinical practice.

Research Interests

My research interests include the intersection of mental health and sexual health & orientation, gay affirmative therapy—social constructionist strategies to serve gay and lesbian clients, and suicide assessment and intervention strategies for youth and young adults.


  • Rutter, P. (2012). Sex therapy with gay male couples using affirmative therapy. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 27(1), 35–45.
  • Rutter, P., Leech, N., Anderson, M., & Saunders, D. (2010). Couples counseling for a transgender-lesbian couple: Student counselor's comfort and discomfort with sexuality counseling topics. Journal of GLBT Family Studies: Innovations in Theory, Research, and Practice, 6(1), 68–79.
  • Rutter, P., Estrada, D., Ferguson, L., & Diggs, G. (2008). Sexual orientation and counselor competency: The impact of training on enhancing awareness, knowledge & skills. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 2(2), 109–125.


  • Faculty Development Grant Widener (2010)
  • Co-author for funded grant proposal awarded by National Institute for Mental Health
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow-Counseling Psychology, Sandra Williams Family Therapy Scholar-Structural Therapist