Dr Amanda Hutchinson

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Amanda Hutchinson joined Flinders University as postdoctoral research fellow in cancer prevention in 2008. Amanda has a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and a PhD in Psychology. She has a background in neuropsychology and her PhD examined the size and composition of the corpus callosum, a white matter structure in the brain, in young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although enrolled at the University of Adelaide, she conducted this research as a remote student in the USA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her current research is focused on the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer through behaviours such as diet, exercise and participating in cancer screening.


BA (Hons)

M Psych (Clinical)


Honours, awards and grants
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow, American Australian Association, 2007
Anna Florence Booth Prize, best masters thesis in 2005, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide
Research expertise
Research interests
I am interested in the primary prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases through the adoption of healthy behaviours.

Current Research Interests
  1. Sun exposure, sun protection and skin tone dissatisfaction: Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. With the use of sun protective behaviours, skin cancer should be largely preventable. However, having a tanned appearance is still viewed as desirable by many young people. Our research aims to determine the extent to which pressure from the media, peers, and family predict sun exposure behaviours in adolescents. In addition, we are exploring the role of online social media to change tanning behaviour and thereby reduce skin cancer risk.
  2. Intergenerational transmission of eating behaviour: Dietary habits are primarily established and maintained in family environments. Furthermore, genetic and environmental risk factors for overweight and disease cluster in families, making them an important target for dietary-focused disease prevention. We are conducting research on the intergenerational transmission of food choices and eating behaviour in some of Australia's largest ethnic groups. This research explores the influence of different family members (child, parent, grandparent) on promoting healthy dietary behaviour and aims to test the effectiveness of providing Family Health History information to families to increase intentions to screen for cancer.
  3. Consumption of alcohol has been shown to increase risk for several types of cancer including mouth, oesophagus, bowel and breast cancer. We are interested in the social influences on alcohol consumption and the role of social media in establishing norms related to drinking alcohol.
  4. Chemotherapy related cognitive impairment: Chemotherapy has been shown to result in cognitive impairment in women with breast cancer. We are interested in examining cognitive impairment associated with different treatments for a range of cancers and exploring the discrepancy between self-reported and objectively measured cognitive functioning.
Supervisory interests
Alcohol consumption
Behavioural influences on cancer risk and cancer screening participation
Cancer risk perception
Cancer, primary and secondary prevention strategies
Dietary intervention for cancer prevention
Family health
Health promotion and education
Health psychology
Nutrition and cancer prevention
Obesity prevention, family environment
Obesity prevention, healthy behaviours
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Causal attributions of cancer survivors (1), Intergenerational transmission of food choices (1)

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