Debi Rutledge

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director of Advising

M.M.F.T., Abilene Christian University
B.R.E., Rochester College

School: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Office: Advising & Vocational Services
Phone: (248) 218.2192



  • Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Diversity and Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Psychology of Group Processes
  • Introduction to Marital and Family Systems
  • Psychology of Adulthood & Aging
  • Substance Abuse & Addictive Disorders
  • Infant Toddler Development
  • Child Development
  • Ethics in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Writing in APA Style
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Lifespan Development
  • Adolescent Development



Debi is married to Burt Rutledge. The two have one son, Daniel, a Cocker Spaniel named Leo, and a Black Lab Mix named Shadow. Debi has served at Rochester College for over 20 years. Debi’s interests are diverse. As a result, she has held leadership roles in Admissions, Adult Learning, Financial Aid, Student Life and Academic Services over the years. She currently serves as the Director of the Center for Advising & Vocation Services. She grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and moved to Michigan to attend college at Michigan Christian College after high school. Her extended family remains in Indiana and she has close relationships with her nieces and nephews there. In her spare time, Debi enjoys photography, exploring the beautiful state of Michigan, traveling, and spending time with her family.