Deborah J. Rutt
Deborah Rutt began her professional career as a speech pathologist driven by an interest in helping people with communication problems. Early on she was interested in understanding how people learn language and became involved in research studying the language learning of chimpanzees. Compelled by a desire to understand why people say the things they do(!), she became a psychotherapist and communication specialist. She has worked as an individual, couple and family therapist since 1986 specializing in communication in relationships. In the 1990's she developed her own business, DJR COMMUNICATION, as a communication consultant to people in organizations and for litigation attorneys. As a trial consultant, she assists litigation attorneys design communication strategy, select juries, and prepare witnesses. In the business world, she assists individuals communicate to resolve work conflicts and strengthen their communication in the workplace. Now in an age of high tech communication, Deborah is dedicated to helping people strengthen their interpersonal communication skills with easy access.
Deborah loves travel, motorcycling, jazz and good food in ethnic variety. She lives with her Tibetan Terrier, Bhakti (the friendliest dog in the whole world!), and is learning Spanish for the first time in her life.
Deborah has a bunch of professional qualifications which matters to some people, so here is a partial list:
||Doctorate of Philosophy in
University of Iowa
||Master Degree in Social Work,
University of Iowa
||Master Degree in Speech Pathology,
||Bachelor Degree in Speech
University of Nebraska
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA/CCC)
- National Communication Association (NCA)
- American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC)
Deborah has been a teacher of communication at the University of Iowa Department of Communication Studies and in the School of Social Work Family Therapy Intervention Program. She has taught courses on communicating for therapeutic change, interpersonal communication, public speaking, organizational and group communication and decision-making, and sex/power differences in communication. She has been a conference speaker and published a variety of articles for litigation attorneys on effective communication in the courtroom.