Dr. Christopher Rutt
DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL SLEEP SERVICES
Dr. Rutt is the Director of Behavioral Sleep Services at the Boston Child Study Center. He provides evidence-based psychotherapy for a wide range of behavioral and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Rutt has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in multiple settings including outpatient, residential, and inpatient treatment centers. He is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and often utilizes this empirically-supported treatment. As Director of Behavioral Sleep Services, Dr. Rutt works with families to provide accurate diagnoses of sleep-related problems and implements various behavioral sleep interventions for infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Rutt completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, holds master’s degrees in psychology from Harvard University and Boston University, and received his PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology with Geisinger Health System in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Rutt has been trained in multiple evidence-based psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, comprehensive behavioral therapy for tics, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and parent/teacher-child interaction therapy.
As a predoctoral intern and postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Rutt was part of the pediatric integrated behavioral health care team at Geisinger Health System. In this role, Dr. Rutt was imbedded in a primary care physician’s office, and worked collaboratively with pediatricians, specialty medical providers, and nurses to address behavioral and mental health needs of children and families. During this time, he received comprehensive training with various pediatric problems including toilet training, selective eating, pain management, medication adherence, pill-swallowing, and sleep difficulties. Dr. Rutt was a member of Geisinger’s Pediatric Multidisciplinary Sleep Clinic where he provided assessment and intervention for sleep problems in collaboration with pediatric pulmonology, neurology, and nutrition/weight-management. Dr. Rutt was recently a guest on the James Beard Award-winning podcast, The Sporkful, for his insight and expertise into picky eating in children.
Dr. Rutt has additional experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+. Dr. Rutt has participated in multiple trainings following the curriculum of the Safe Zone Project and served as a train-the-trainer for Geisinger Health System’s department of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, Dr. Rutt co-facilitated multiple Safe Zone/LGBTQ+ trainings at community-based outpatient primary care clinics throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Rutt helped to develop and co-lead a monthly LGBTQ+ support group for adolescents and their caregivers during his time as a postdoctoral fellow. In addition, he has extensive experience providing outpatient psychotherapy to LGBTQ+ youths to assist with questions related to gender and sexuality as well as comorbid psychiatric difficulties.