Research Area: Health, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

Brings together varied resources (including the only academic IP library in the United States), IP Center faculty, researchers, students, and partners to work at the intersections of law, business, and technology to improve the rate of innovation in the global economy

UNH and Avalon Promotions Announce a Commitment to Healthy Eating

UNH signed a license with Avalon Promotions on July 31, 2013 for a copyrighted image developed by Healthy UNH and UNH Dining Services, aptly called the UNH Wildcat Plate. In 2010, the USDA created Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to help remind them to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. With permission from the USDA, Healthy UNH and Dining Services adapted these guidelines, developing an image to guide patrons in making healthy food choices in UNH dining halls.

Making History: The First Design Patent from the University of New Hampshire!

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued UNH’s first Design Patent for the Tablet Pedestal/AT Pad Stand, a device developed by Dr. Therese Willkomm. Dr. Willkomm is the Director of ATinNH, the New Hampshire state-wide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability, and also an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department.  

Low-Tech Solutions in a High-Tech World

On November 27, 2012, I attended the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire to showcase Dr. Therese Willkomm’s assistive technologies. I have the pleasure of working with one of UNH’s most creative and inventive faculty members, who is regularly referred to as the MacGyver of Assistive Technology (AT). Dr. Willkomm literally travels the world lecturing on rehabilitative technologies and constructing extraordinary tools on site to help those with disabilities.

Health, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Research in the areas of health, behavioral, and social sciences at UNH focuses on exploring the human condition - physical, psychological, and social - as individuals, as families, and as communities.

Health research helps people live full, healthy lives. Discovering the cellular basis for diseases, defining and promoting active, healthy lifestyles, developing assistive technology, and delivering innovative therapeutic services are all parts of the equation.

Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL)

A collaboration between the Institute on Disability (IOD) and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at UNH to coordinate the work of both institutes related to aging and long term care issues, maximize available resources, and provide assistance to state agencies and community organizations

Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC)

Works to improve institutional policy, practice, and capacity for sexual and relationship violence and stalking prevention and response (prevention strategies, survivor support and services, and intervention) through research and evaluation, emphasizing the importance of using a community and bystander focus while examining the continuum of violence.

Northeast Passage

Research focused on the efficacy of the goal based recreational therapy interventions offered, including therapeutic recreation services in school systems, and 1:1 community based interventions for individuals with acquired physical disabilities and those aging into and with disability

Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP)

An applied research institute located within the College of Health and Human Services that works to assure integrated excellence across all systems to yield optimal health for all people, with particular focus on health analytics and informatics; public health and health promotion; long term care and aging; and delivery system and payment reform


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