Dori S Hutchinson

Services Division, Boston University


Dori S. Hutchinson, Sc.D. has worked at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University for 24 years. She currently serves as the Director of Services Division which serves women, men and youth with serious psychiatric illnesses who may also be homeless, at risk for homelessness and experience significant co-morbidiites. 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. She served as the chairwoman of the research committee of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Association (IAPSRS), now known as USPRA, from 2002-2004 and is currently an active 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. As Director, She has had the opportunity to hire and work as a colleague and supervisor to people in recovery for twenty years and has developed practice-based strategies that support the full inclusion of people in recovery in the mental health workforce. Dr. Hutchinson provides training nationally to organizations and providers who wish to deliver recovery-oriented services, hire people in recovery as colleagues and conduct relevant program evaluations. Over the last 20 years, she has taken a leadership role in the development of health service initiatives in community rehabilitation settings, inpatient settings and educational settings that provide health promotion knowledge and skills to empower people with psychiatric disabilities to recover their functional health that has resulted from the consequences of living with a serious psychiatric illness.