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Susan Hutchinson

Associate professor, Leisure Studies


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School of Health and Human Performance

Email: susan.hutchinson@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-1163
Fax: (902) 494-5120
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Stairs House
6230 South Street, P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, N.S., B3H 4R2

Research Topics:
  • Leisure research
  • Health promotion
  • Stress and coping
  • Adolescents
  • Women


Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation, Douglas College
Master of Arts
(MA), Dalhousie
, University of Georgia

Research interests

  • Coping and adjustment associated with disability, illness, and negative life events
  • Leisure-based responses to chronic stress
  • Leisure and health promotion/risk prevention
  • Parenting practices associated with adolescent leisure
  • Leisure and marginalized populations
  • Leisure and older women

Selected recent publications

  • Kleiber, D. A., Nimrod, G., & Hutchinson, S. L. (accepted, 2011). Reconstructing leisure in adapting to chronic illness in later life: Emotional and behavioural strategies. International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 10(2).
  • Unruh, A., & Hutchinson, S. L. (accepted, 2011). Embedded spirituality: Gardening in daily life and stressful life experiences. Accepted for publication in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences.
  • Nimrod, G., & Hutchinson, S. L. (2010). Innovation among older adults with
    chronic health conditions. Journal of Leisure Research, 42, 1-23.
  • Montgomery, E., Booth, R., & Hutchinson, S. L. (2009). From a focus on function to rediscovering the self: A case study of an individual with post-stroke depression. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 43(4), 25-41.
  • Sanford-Son, J. & Hutchinson, S. L. (2009). Conceptualizing leisure self-care in
    an exploratory study of American Indian elders’ leisure. Leisure/Loisir, 33(2), 479-509.