Dr. Rue is a psychotherapist, researcher and consultant who founded the Institute for Pregnancy Loss an independent non-profit research & treatment center. Dr. Rue received his Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1975.
Dr. Rue has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years and is in private practice with his wife, Dr. Susan Stanford-Rue in Jacksonville, FL. He has served on the faculty of California State University at Los Angeles and United States International University in San Diego. In 1981 Dr. Rue provided the first clinical evidence of postabortion trauma, identifying this psychological condition as "Postabortion Syndrome" in testimony before the U.S. Congress. During the Reagan Administration, he was a special consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop on abortion morbidity. Currently, Dr. Rue serves as a litigation consultant assisting numerous state Attorneys General in abortion-related statutory challenges. He is a Member of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. As a lecturer, he has been invited to speak throughout the United States, as well as in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Rue has authored one book and numerous professional journal articles on the topic of postabortion trauma and has been the principal investigator of the International Pregnancy Loss Research Project.
Speaking/Seminar topics include:
- ABORTION as TRAUMA
- ABORTION'S IMPACT on WOMEN, MEN, and RELATIONSHIPS
- PARTNERS in TRAUMA: THE DYNAMICS OF RELATIONSHIP CHANGE and ABORTION
- MORAL INJURY AND ABORTION DECISION MAKING
- MISINFORMED CONSENT and ABORTION
- COMPLICATED MOURNING & TREATMENT of POST-ABORTION GRIEF AND TRAUMA
- DEFICIENCIES of PRE-ABORTION COUNSELING & the NEED FOR SCREENING
- OVERVIEW of RESEARCH on POST-ABORTION TRAUMA
- IMPROVING THE COUNSELING for WOMEN WITH UNWANTED PREGNANCIES