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Dr. Julie Rutledge

Professor, ENRICH Director

Departments: Education and Research in Children's Health Center (ENRICH Center), Human Ecology

Phone: 318.257.4456

Fax: 318.257.4014

Email: rutledge@latech.edu

Office: CTLH 350

Address: 603 Dan Reneau Drive

Room 350

P.O. Box 3167

Ruston, Louisiana 71272



  • BA, Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2003
  • MS, Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, 2007
  • PhD, Human Environmental Sciences, Oklahoma State University, 2009

Curriculum vitae


Understanding how family dynamics, specifically parenting, influences how children grow and develop is what first drew Dr. Rutledge to the field of Human Development and Family Science. The broad focus of her research program is children’s preventative health and social development. Currently, her research program focuses on using the early childhood education setting as a vehicle for change in both preschoolers and their families. Through her funded research projects, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to put education into practice and gain skills for their professional lives. Being a professor allows Dr. Rutledge to directly serve children and families and train future professionals who will do that with their own careers both in the classroom and through experiences at the ENRICH Center. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling the world.     

Research Interests

  • Children’s Preventative Health, Social Development, and Early Literacy

Courses Taught

  • Research Methods
  • Parenting
  • Issues in Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Development

Scholarly Activity

Units and Center Appointments

  • School of Human Ecology, Human Development and Family Science
  • Director of the Education and Research in Children’s Health (ENRICH) Center in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences
  • Mildred Trussell McGehee Endowed Professor