Philip A. Rutter, PhD
- Associate Professor
- Licensed Psychologist
- Gender & Sexuality
- Psychology & Mental Health
Programs I Teach
- Human Sexuality Studies (PhD)
- Human Sexuality Studies (MEd)
- Human Sexuality Studies (MEd) & Social Work (MSW)
- Human Sexuality (MEd) & Public Administration (MPA)
- Clinical Psychology (PsyD) & Human Sexuality Studies (MEd)
- Sex Therapy (Certificate)
- 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)
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.
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