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Dr. B. Lynn Hutchings

Associate Professor


School of Social Work

570-348-6211 x2594

Immaculata Hall 214

Courses taught:

Social Work Research: Design & Meth Methodology SW-701
Soc Work Rsrch: Implementation/Analysis SW-702
Dvlpmntl/Physcl Dsblts for Soc Work SW-940
Dr. B. Lynn Hutchings’ research focuses on how the physical environment influences functional ability and independence among people with both lifelong disabilities and those who are experiencing age-related impairments. Her work explores the ability of individuals to compensate for impairments and ameliorate the impact of their disabilities through appropriate, often low-cost, environmental modifications and assistive technology. The growth of the aging population, the increased life expectancy of people with lifelong disabilities, and the fact that the large majority of people desire to age in place converge to heighten the relevance of this research. Her most recent research looks at older cohousing residents’ experience during the pandemic.

As a Research Architect at NJ Institute of Technology’s Center for Building Knowledge from 1993-2011, Hutchings co-authored manuals on home modifications to support dementia care (Homes that Help: Advice from Caregivers for Creating a Supportive Home) and aging with developmental disabilities (A Home for Life: Home Modifications for Aging in Place with an Intellectual Disability). Hutchings has worked on the development of home assessment tools including a “Home Safety Audit” for modifying the home to provide a safe and supportive environment for people with dementia, and a “Home Environment Safety Checklist” for people aging with lifelong disabilities in community-based settings. She has conducted home-modification training sessions for home-health nurses, social workers and area agencies on aging. Her research has been supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the Grotta Foundation for Senior Care and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

Currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Marywood University, Dr. Hutchings teaches Research in the MSW Program. She holds a PhD in Social Work from Rutgers University, a Masters in Architecture from NJ Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Mason Gross School of the arts at Rutgers University.

In her free time, Lynn enjoys swimming, cycling, skiing, sailing, reading, traveling, painting and drawing.

Presentations and Publications

Koller, J. M., Hutchings, B. L. and Zabotka, J. (2021) Older adult residents in cohousing communities: Impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Aging and the Environment, 35, 3, DOI: 10.1080/26892618.2021.1987371
Hutchings, B. L. and Peters, T. (2018.) Faculty perceptions of the impact of online education on their own development and Sisters Religious in Africa.” In J. Wakahiu (Ed.), Transformative Partnerships: Role of Agencies, Foundations, Institutions in Promoting Strategic Social and Sustainable Change for Women in Africa (pp. 220-236). Nairobi, Kenya, Africa: Paulines Publications.
Hutchings, B. L. and Chaplin, E. (2017). The relationship of person-environment fit to perceptions of autonomy, competency and satisfaction among older adults with developmental disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 14 (3): pp.214-223.
Hutchings, B. L., O’Hora, E., Peters, T., Richards, P., Fryer, C. S., & Battisti, H. (June, 2016). Supporting Faculty in Transforming the Online Environment to Accommodate the Needs
of Students with Disabilities. Conference Proceedings. The Future of Education, 6th ed.
Battisti, H. Fryer, C.S., Hutchings, B. L., O’Hora, E., Peters, T., & Richards, P. (June, 2016). The Impact of Training on Faculty Awareness of Online Instructional Needs of Students with Disabilities. Conference Proceedings. The Future of Education, 6th ed.
Hakim, R. M., Hutchings, B. L., Runco, W., Kane, M. T., Ross, M. D. (2015) The impact of a community-based aquatic exercise program on physical performance in community-dwelling adults with mild to moderate intellectual disability. Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy, 23 (2): 26.