Dr Delyse Hutchinson is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, School of Psychology, Deakin University, a Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and a Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Paediatrics, and School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne.
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 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.