Dr Vicki Hutton

Biography

Vicki became an academic teacher at the Melbourne campus of ACAP in 2013, and now holds the full-time position of Lecturer and Course Convenor, Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

After working in the health and community sectors as a counsellor, crisis counsellor and group facilitator, Vicki moved into teaching and research at Monash University whilst completing her PhD in Applied Psychology.

She has worked on research projects in the areas of mental health, quality of life, HIV and AIDS, stigma and discrimination, social cohesion, racism and cyber-racism.

Vicki remains a long-term counsellor at Southway Counselling Centre, a service established over 20 years ago to provide affordable counselling to the community.

Journal Articles

  • Hutton, V.E. (2016). “What am I going to do without him?”: Death anxiety, projection and the human-animal relationship. The Psychoanalytic Review, 103(5), 699-718.

  • Hutton, V.E. (2016). Older adults living with HIV: A valuable resource? Ageing & Society (in press). Doi:10.1017/S0144686X16001070

  • Hutton, V.E. (2016). ‘My dog is the first one I talk to…’ – The complementary role of companion animal and therapist. Society and Animals. In press.

  • Hutton, V.E. (2015). Social Provisions of the Human–Animal Relationship amongst 30 People Living with HIV in Australia. Anthrozoos 28(2), 199-214.

  • Hutton, V.E. (2014). Companion animals and wellbeing when living with HIV. Anthrozoos 27(3), 407-421.

  • Hutton, V.E., Misajon, R., & Collins, F.E. (2013). Subjective wellbeing and ‘felt’ stigma when living with HIV. Quality of Life Research 22(1), 65-73.

  • Hutton, V.E. (2010). The joy of pets. Poslink Magazine, Issue 49, February 2010. Published by Living Positive Victoria

Books & Book Chapters

  • Misajon, R., Hutton, V.E., & Bluic, A-M (2016). Volunteering and Civic Participation in the Vietnamese-Australian Community. In E. Healy, D. Arunachalam, & T. Mizukami (eds.), Creating social cohesion in an interdependent world: Experiences of Australia and Japan (pp. 145-161). Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.
  • Hutton, V.E. & Wilson, M. (2000). El Nino. South Yarra, Vic: MacMillan Publishers

Conference Presentations

  • Hutton, V.E., & Misajon, R. (November, 2012). Subjective wellbeing and stigma amongst people with HIV. Presentation at the XI International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Venice, Italy.
  • Misajon, R., Hutton, V.E., Pallant, J., & Richardson, J. (November, 2012). Rasch analysis and the Personal Wellbeing Index across two different populations. Presentation at the XI International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Venice, Italy.
  • Hutton, V.E. (October, 2012). Subjective wellbeing and stigma. Poster presented at the Australasian HIV/AIDS conference 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hutton, V.E., & Misajon, R. (October, 2012). Using the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI) in a population living with HIV. Poster presented at the International Society for Quality of Life Research 19th annual conference, Budapest.
  • Hutton, V.E. (July 2011). ‘She’s part of me…’: The ameliorating presence of pets when living with HIV. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Australian Animals Group Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Hutton, V.E. (October 2010). Positive with pets: The positive impact of pet ownership when living with HIV. Poster presented at the Australasian HIV/AIDS conference 2012, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hutton, V.E. (July 2010). Positive with pets: The positive impact of pet ownership when living with HIV. Paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hutton, V.E. (July 2009). Old friends: The human-animal bond. Paper presented at the International Minding Animals Conference, Newcastle, Australia.

Research & Scholarships

Research Interests

Research interests include: mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity, HIV and AIDS, quality of life, stigma and discrimination, community-connectedness, and human-animal studies (including animal therapy).

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators
  • Australian Centre on Quality of Life
  • Mental Health Professional Network
  • Australasian Animal Studies Association
  • The International Society for Anthrozoology
  • Animals and Society Institute