Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D.

Executive Director, Clinical Associate Professor
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Dori S. Hutchinson, Sc.D. has worked at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University since 1984.  Besides serving as Director of Services, Dr. Hutchinson is an Associate Clinical Professor at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University.  Dr. Hutchinson sits on several community mental health center advisory boards both locally in Massachusetts and nationally. Dr. Hutchinson was the 2000 recipient of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Association’s (IAPSRS) Early Career Research Award for her contributions on health issues for persons with serious psychiatric disabilities and the 2010 Armin Loeb recipient for her work in health promotion and recovery education for the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, the global association that trains and educates the recovery workforce. She served as secretary, treasurer and chairwoman of the Board.  She now is the chair of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation. In addition, she has served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Employment Options, a clubhouse program in Massachusetts and continues as a Board member. Dr. Hutchinson has developed and implemented recovery-oriented service initiatives that assist people who have mental illness assume their rightful roles as students, employees, residents and members of their communities. She provides training nationally to organizations and providers who wish to deliver recovery-oriented services and conduct relevant program evaluations. Dr. Hutchinson has worked more recently in developing mental health promotion services on campuses that assist students with serious mental illnesses to succeed in all domains of their lives as college students, as well as college suicide prevention programming that creates caring academic communities.


Areas of Expertise

  • Campus mental health promotion services
  • Campus suicide prevention
  • Developing and implementing recovery education and supported education programs
  • Examining the role of health and well-being in recovery for men and women with psychiatric illness
  • Studying the issue of quality of care women with psychiatric disabilities receive and its impact on recovery
  • Evaluating recovery programs
  • Hiring, Supervising and promoting the inclusion of people in recovery in the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce


Selected Publications

Polack, R., Hutchinson, D., Perryman, L., & Brueck, S. (2017).  A calming cushion as a therapeutic wellness tool for youths with disabilities and history of trauma.  Social Work, October, 2017, volume 62, no. 4, pp. 359-364.

Hutchinson, D. (2016).  Mental Health: Creating and Cultivating a Campus Community that Supports Mental Health.  In DS Anderson (Ed), Wellness Issues for Higher Education:  A Guide for Student Affairs and Higher Education Professionals (pp.39-55).  New York, NY: Routledge.

Hutchinson, D.  Health Promotion in Recovery Education (2011).  Special Issue in Integrated Health Care. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 321-323.

Skrinar, G.S. & Hutchinson, D. (2009). Mental Illness.   In L.Durstine, G. Moore, P. Painter, S. Roberts (eds) Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, American College of Sports Medicine, 3rd Edition., pp. 375-379.

Swarbrick, P., Hutchinson, D., & Gill, K. (2008). The quest for optimal health: Can education and training cure what ails us? : International Journal of Mental Health,, pp:68-88.

Dunn, E.C., Rogers, E.S., Hutchinson, D.S., Lyass, A.M, MacDonald-Wilson, K.L., Wallace, L.R. (2008). Results of an innovative university-based recovery education program for adults with psychiatric disabilities.Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

Hutchinson, D., Anthony, W. A., Massaro, J. M., & Rogers, E. S. (2007). Evaluation of a combined supported education and employment computer training program for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Psychiatric Services, 30(3).

Hutchinson, D.S., Henry, A. (Eds) (2006). The health promotion of people with disabilities. (Special issue) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 29 (4) p. 237

Hutchinson, D.S., Anthony, W.A., Massaro, J., & Rogers, E.S. (2006).  The evaluation of a combined supported education and employment computer training program for persons with psychiatric disabilities.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 30, Number 3, pp.

Hutchinson, D.S. (2006). The Right to optimal health.  Behavioral Healthcare, Volume, 26, No. 7., pp. 24-27. Hutchinson, D.S., Ashcraft, L., & Anthony, W.A. (2006). The role of recovery education.  Behavioral Healthcare, Volume 26, No. 6, pp.12-16.

Hutchinson, D.S., Gagne, C., Bowers, A., Russinova, Z., Skrinar, G.S., & Anthony, W.A. (2006). A framework for health promotion services for people with psychiatric disabilities. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 29, Number 4, pp.241-250.

Hutchinson, D.S. Anthony, W.A., Ashcraft, L, Johnson, E, Dunn, E., Lyass, A., & Rogers, E.S. (2006).  The Personal and Vocational Impact of Training and Employing People with Psychiatric Disabilities as Providers.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 29, Number 3, 205-214.

Hutchinson, D.S. & Razzano, L. (2005). Multifaceted Perspectives on Program Evaluation for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, Volume 28, Number 3, pp. 207-208.

Faulkner, G., McDevitt, J., Skrinar, G., Hutchinson, D., Piette, J., & Richardson, C. (2005). Integrating physical activity into mental health services for individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services.  Vol. 56 (3), p. 324-329.

Hutchinson, D. (2005). Structured Exercise for Persons with Serious Psychiatric Disabilties.  Psychiatric Services, Frontline Reports, Vol. 56 (3),p. 353-354.

Skrinar, G.S., Huxley, N.A., Hutchinson, D.S., Menninger, E., & Glew, P.(2005).  The role of a fitness intervention on people with serious psychiatric disabilities, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29(2): pp.122-127.

Hutchinson, D., & Farkas, M.  (2004). Le suivi communautaire axe sure la readaption, en Le suivi communautaire en sante metale:  Une invitation a batir sa vie, sous la direction de Rosanne Emard et Tim Aubry.  Les Presses de L’Universite d’Ottawa, pp. 67-90.

Hutchinson, D.  (2000). The journey towards wellness.  The Journal NAMI California, 2(4), 7-8.


Recent Presentations

Hutchinson, D.  Suicide Prevention.  Departments of Military Education Briefing for Boston University, Boston College and NorthEastern University, Boston, Ma.  November 17, 2010.

Hutchinson, D., Ross, M. & Sarian, P. The Development of a Mental Health Website to Prevent Suicide.  American College of Health Association Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, October 27, 2010.

Hutchinson, D.  Creating a Caring Community of Service Providers.  InterCommunity Staff Retreat Day, East Hartford, Connecticut, October 14, 2010.

Hutchinson, D.  Are you a Champion?  Supported Employment for Veterans.  Bring Recovery to Inpatient Mental Health and Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Conference, Department of Veteran Affairs and Office of Mental Health Services Conference, Los Angeles, CA; September 22, 2010.

Hutchinson, D. Provider Stress and Resiliency, National Suicide Awareness Day, Veterans Adminisitration Hospital, Bedford, Ma., September 9, 2010.

Hutchinson, D.  Developing Wellness and Resiliency in Children with Emotional Disorders, Annual United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Conference, June 16, 2010, Boise, Idaho.

Hutchinson, D.   Wellness Issues for Persons in Recovery.  United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference, Boise, Idaho, June 17, 2010.

Hutchinson, D. & Ross, M.  Suicide Prevention at Boston University.  Boston University Security Council, March 17, 2010.

Hutchinson, D.  Suicide and Recovery, National Suicide Awareness Day, Veterans Administration Hospital,  Bedford, Ma., September 8, 2009.

Hutchinson, D.  Hope and Health:  Helping People with Serious Mental Illness live Optimally through Mental Health Services, Center for Community Integration, University of Pennsylvania, March 13, 2008.

Hutchinson, D.  Cemeteries and Courage.  Key Note. Community Support Programs of New Jersey, Annual Mental Health Conference, March 24, 2008.

Hutchinson, D., Razzano, L. & Aguilar-Gaxiolo H.  Health Disparities Among Minorities and Others in Mental Health, International Conference in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston, Ma., April 8, 2008.

Hutchinson, D.  Creating a Health and Wellness Culture in Mental Health Programs, University of Chicago at Illinois, Department of Psychiatry and National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability Conference, September 10, 2007.

Hutchinson, D.  Developing Peer Leadership, Department of Mental Health Annual Conference in Supported Employment, Middletown, Connecticut, January 31, 2007.

Hutchinson, D. Health and Wellness Promotion for People with Psychiatric Disability Conference.  A framework for Health Promotion for persons with Psychiatric Disabilities. Lewiston, Maine. November 29, 2006

Hutchinson, D.  Addressing Wellness Issues for People in Recovery Conference.  Health Promotions for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities, Stanford, Connecticut, October, 4, 2006.

Hutchinson, D.  National State of Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.  Hope and Health: Helping people live optimally in their communities through health promotion services, Philadelphia, PA, September 20, 2006.

Hutchinson, D.  Cooperriis, a Healing Farm.  The work of recovery, Mill Spring, North Carolina, August 2, 2006.

Hutchinson, D.  Boston Medical Center Nutrition Department.  Hope and Health, Boston, Ma., February 14, 2006.

Hutchinson, D. and Henry, A.  KaoShung University Symposium in Mental Health.  The Recovery of Mental Health and the Role of Occupational Therapists, Kaoshung, Taiwan, March 31, 2006.

Hutchinson, D. and Henry, A.  KaoShung University Symposium in Mental Health.  Employment Services for Persons with Serious Mental Illness, March 31, 2006.

Hutchinson, D. and Henry, A.  KaoShung University Symposium in Mental Health.  Supports and Services for Parents with Mental Illness and their Families, KaoShung, Taiwan, April 1, 2006.

Hutchinson, D. and Henry, A.  KaoShung University Symposium in Mental Health.  Using Logic Models as a Framework for Evaluating Services, KaoShung, Taiwan, April 1, 2006.