Professor Vicki Hutton

Professor Vicki Hutton

Discipline Chair of Counselling


PhD in Applied Psychology


Vicki joined the ACAP Melbourne campus in 2013. In 2022, Vicki was promoted to the Discipline Chair of Counselling and also is the Course Coordinator of the 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 while 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 more than 20 years ago to provide affordable counselling to the community.

Journal Articles

  • Hutton, V.E. (2019). Animal euthanasia: Empathic care or empathic distress?
  • Hutton, V.E., & Hutton, R.E. (2019). ‘Humans say they love us…’ Normalizing the beneficence of animal ownership. The Journal of Popular Culture, Accepted for publication in October 2019.
  • Lavorgna, B.F., & Hutton, V.E. (2018). Grief severity: A comparison between human and companion animal grief. Death Studies, September 2018. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1491485
  • O’Connor, A.S., & Hutton, V.E. (2017). Improving entrepreneurial research methodology: When research design fails. Journal of Student Research, 6(2), 61-65.
  • 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. Doi:10.1017/So144686X16001070.
  • Hutton, V.E. (2016). ‘My dog is the first one I talk to…’ – The complementary role of companion animal and therapist. Society and Animals. Accepted, 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 Research22(1), 65-73.

Books & Book Chapters

  • Hutton, V.E., & Sisko, S. (Accepted, in production). Cultural competence in counselling, psychology and social work. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Hutton, V.E. (2018). A reason to live: HIV and companion animals. Indiana: Purdue University Press.
  • 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. (October 2019). Pronouns
  • Hutton, V.E. (November 2018). Animals on the frontlines – A cultural memory of companion animals and the HIV-epidemic in Australia. Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Queer Legacies, New Solidarities Conference, Melbourne
  • Hutton, V.E., & Sisko, S. (November 2018). Innovative approaches to cultural competence in mental health education.  2018 Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Conference and the Higher Education Quality Forum, Melbourne
  • Hutton, V.E., & Munoz, M. (November 2018). ACAP Student Launch Pad: An online platform to support a community of learners. ACAP Conference 2018, Sydney
  • Hutton, V.E. (July 2018) Lingering perceptions of non-human animals as property. International Society for Anthrozoology Conference, Sydney
  • Munoz, M., & Hutton, V.E. (November 2017). Effective teaching and learning in the eyes of our First Year students: A framework for 21st century first-year learning experience. NPI Conference 2017, Sydney
  • Hutton, V.E. (November, 2016). Factors associated with student achievement in the Blended Delivery learning environment. NPI Conference 2016, Melbourne.
  • Munoz, M., & Hutton, V.E. (November, 2016). Students’ preferred learning structure in Blended Delivery Mode: An evidence-based model building process. NPI Conference 2016, Melbourne.
  • 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 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

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