Dr Delyse Hutchinson is a Senior Research Fellow and Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). Dr Hutchinson's current research focuses on two main areas: (1) the impact of parental substance use on children and families; and (2) identification of risk and protective factors for the development of adolescent substance misuse. Dr Hutchinson is currently involved in collaborative research with national agencies conducting large-scale cohort studies to examine the relations between family functioning, parenting and substance misuse. Dr Hutchinson's recent published works have contributed to an improved understanding of the impacts of drug use in the family context, and provide guidance for parents with respect to managing alcohol and other drug related issues in the home.
Dr Hutchinson is also chief investigator on three externally funded research projects. The first two projects involve collaboration with researchers at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and the National Drug Research Institute in Perth. These projects examine patterns of maternal substance use in pregnancy including infant developmental outcomes. The third project is a collaborative partnership with the Centre for Adolescent Health in Melbourne and involves data analysis of the relationship between cannabis use and mental health.
Dr Hutchinson is broadly interested in research examining the early development and risk-factors for psychological disorders, particularly the influence of family and peers. She is also interested in research on prevention and early intervention. Her PhD examined the influence of peers and negative affect in the development of body image and eating disturbances during early adolescence. Dr Hutchinson also works as a clinical psychologist with children and families and has a strong interest in perinatal and early childhood treatment. She has also been involved in the supervision of PhD and Masters students.