Dr. Anthony Hutchinson
BSc (Psych) (Toronto), BSW (York), MSW (McMaster), PhD (WLU)
Dr. Anthony Hutchinson is a versatile social work and health care professional who specializes in areas of psycho-social forensic and clinical assessment and treatment. Over his career, Dr. Hutchinson has overseen & completed a range of Case Management, Program Evaluation, Project Management, and Applied Research undertakings over the past 15+ years across Med-Legal, Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation & Community Development sectors. In addition to being a well-regarded, dynamic & engaging university professor, Dr. Hutchinson is also a multiple time judicially-qualified Expert Witness at Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice levels in areas of: gang language, culture, graffiti (tags) & hand signs; codified language; urban street language; psycho-social assessment; and, socio-cultural assessment.
Since 2010, Dr. Hutchinson has been an effective, strategic Legal Case Consultant/ Case Analyst for a number of Southern Ontario law firms across family law, criminal law, civil litigation, and personal injury domains. Dr. Hutchinson has been a deep research source for news media outlets from across Canada for more than 15 years.
As a psycho-social clinical practitioner, Dr. Hutchinson provides diagnosis, assessment, treatment and evaluation of adverse affective (emotional), behavioural, and cognitive (including mental health) issues facing individuals. Areas of clinical expertise and support include: Forensic Social Work; Clinical Social Work; Acquired Brain Injury; Traumatic Brain Injury; Concussion; Post-Concussion Syndrome; and, mental health disorders & addictions.
Dr. Hutchinson is a leading gang expert who specializes in developing and evaluating youth gang prevention programs and presents nationally on anti-gang and gang exiting strategies. Dr. Hutchinson is often consulted on matters related to positive youth development, positive youth identity formulation, music as an intervention to positive youth development and innovative entreprenerial development and social enterprise opportunities for "at-risk" youth.
A current Department Head and Program Chair in Health & Human Services at Tyndale University, as an Assistant Professor at the school, Dr. Hutchinson teaches undergraduate level courses in Sociology, Social Work, Social Policy, and Developmental Psychology. Previously, Dr. Hutchinson has held a range of teaching and Masters' thesis supervision/ external reviewer posts for universities in British Columbia and Ontario including Royal Roads University, the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University. In March 2006 Dr. Hutchinson was featured on the front cover of the OCUFA publication Academic Matters being recognized as one of three top academics in the Province of Ontario under the age of 40.
With a professional background in financial accounting and corporate finance, Dr. Hutchinson also holds a Doctorate degree in the Social Determinants of Health and a Master’s degree in Social Policy Analysis. Dr. Hutchinson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Developmental Psychology/ Early Child Development.
From March 2006 through November 2010, Dr. Hutchinson was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre (BNRC) – Brampton’s largest multi-service, multi-site human services agency. In 2007, BNRC served close to 110,000 people (about 1 in 4 people in Brampton). In 2006, BNRC served about 90,000 clients. BNRC offers more than 80 programs and services across more than 20 service delivery sites in: settlement services; ESL; early childhood development; recreation support; employment support; youth and seniors programming; family resource programming; and, community referrals.
As CEO of BNRC Dr. Hutchinson oversaw an annual operating budget of over $4 million. Dr. Hutchinson oversaw a staff of over 90 employees across BNRC's 20+ program and service delivery sites supported by over 300 community volunteers. In his first 2 years as BNRC CEO, Dr. Hutchinson increased the agency's funding base by over 170% (about $4 MM) from $2.1MM to $6MM.
Dr. Hutchinson's approachable, down-to-earth, community-based style has earned him the affectionate title "Doc H" from a wide range of community stakeholders. Dr. Hutchinson's most foremost accolade is being a community leader who lives what he believes.
In 2005, Dr. Hutchinson was lead author on the Social Determinants of Health Framework for Urban Youth for Canada (with Dr. Carol Stuart). In the same year, Dr. Hutchinson was an expert contributor to the federal Conservatives Safe Streets, Healthy Communities Task Force co-chaired by federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and MP Russ Hiebert (South Surrey/ White Rock/ Cloverdale). In 2004, Dr. Hutchinson was an active supporter of Dr. Carolyn Bennett's federal Good Health, Good Governance working group. In addition to being a Project Evaluator and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Hutchinson is an accomplished musician having performed across Canada.
Dr. Hutchinson’s music associations have included the internationally renowned and legendary Blues-man Long John Baldry, Dez Dickerson (formerly of Prince and The Revolution), and the Edmonton-based band Big House. Between performances, Dr. Hutchinson has provided evaluation services and keynote addresses for the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Police Service, Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, St. Joseph’s Medical Centre, Scadding Court Community Centre (the CEAPC Project), the United Way of Peel Region Speaker's Bureau, and the ACLC African Canadian Youth Justice Program.
Born in New Westminter, B.C., and mainly growing up in Burnaby, B.C., Dr. Hutchinson overcame childhood adversities such as physical abuse, illiteracy, and youth gang involvement with the support of a highly principled youth worker and a committed high school teacher. Dr. Hutchinson graduated from Burnaby South Senior Secondary School in 1985 with one of the highest scholarship marks in History in his class.
A Malvern community resident since 1993, Dr. Hutchinson was both an Incorporating Director of the Malvern Community Coalition and HOODLINC Youth Organization – a community-based agency focused on removing youth from guns, gangs, drugs and other negative lifestyles. Dr. Hutchinson has worked with youth affiliated with the notorious Malvern Crew (the Scarborough gang taken down in 2004 through Toronto Police Services’ Project Impact initiative).
As a co-founder of the R.O.S.E. program (a highschool bridging program for at-risk youth), Dr. Hutchinson participated in the docudrama Empz 4 Life directed by renowned Canadian filmmaker Allan King. Empz 4 Life was ranked one of the top 50 films at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival receiving a 5-star film critic rating.
In September 2007, Dr. Hutchinson's film for which he was Executive Producer - "Breakin' the Blues" - was featured in the Global Community Film Festival (Commffest 2007) "Films From the Hood" series. Through the passionate eye of up-and-coming urban-focused film director Michael Bowe, "Breakin' the Blues" is a documentary about Jeff Murphy, an up-and-coming breakdancer in Toronto’s underground street culture. Despite family troubles and poverty, Jeff and his role model older brother James have used their passion for dancing to rise above their circumstances. The film was shot and edited by the esteemed cinematographer and editor Bernard Dobrovolskis.
|Dr. Hutchinson was the Principal Investigator on several highly profiled projects including: the Malvern MYLIFE youth project (associated with the Mayor’s Community Safety Plan) and the St. Jamestown L.E.A.D. Project (Local Empowerment and Access to Democracy) – a social determinants of health community-based action research initiative that was part of the reporting process to the 2006 United Nations’ Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights. The project was funded by Toronto's world renowned Wellesley Institute. Dr. Hutchinson was also primary author and principal investigator of the Ryerson-Wellesley Social Determinants of Health Framework for Urban Youth. |
|In 2005, Dr. Hutchinson was an expert consultant and provided direct feedback to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Dr. Hutchinson has authored numerous articles, book chapters and reports in his areas of expertise spanning: social determinants of health; community safety; youth engagement; youth development; social inclusion; community-based research; project evaluation; accountability and transparency; performance measurement; benchmarking; statistics and reporting; and, indicators of success. |
|In early 2009, Dr. Hutchinson was one of ten people from across Canada awarded the prestigious 2008 Federal Citation for Citizenship by the Government of Canada Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).|