Health & Technology Partners conducts research for nonprofits, local, state, and federal agencies, academic partners, and community organizations, including project design, implementation, and analysis leading to a range of deliverables.
Collaborating with Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative and the University of New England to design and implement a Campus Nature Rx program that will connect students, faculty and campus staff with local nature spaces operated by land trusts. The goal of this project is to encourage campus-wide engagement with local nature for mental and physical wellbeing through authentic programming and collaborative partnerships.
Conducting the “Health and Nature Expert Opinion Survey” that will guide development of a new survey instrument, the Health Benefits of Nature Survey, that can be used to explore the general public’s awareness and acceptance of the health benefits of nature. Active member of the Horton Research Group.
Providing custom survey design and development for Hike it Baby’s Summer Series across three programs. This project will assess how the 8-week programs impacted the knowledge, beliefs and skills of families with babies and children to spend time in nature.
Completed Phase II of a research project, resulting in the Health and Nature Program Partnership Toolkit. Entering Phase III of the research project: design and execute two case studies testing the implementation of the Health and Nature Program Partnership Toolkit by two state park agencies to evaluate the toolkit’s utility and effectiveness in guiding the expansion of health-related programming.
Conducting a literature review to review and summarize the research literature to identify key natural, built, and social attributes of forest settings, trails, and other natural and designed outdoor environments (e.g., gardens) relevant to forest therapy experiences, resulting in the development of practitioner-focused guidelines for the planning, design, and management of new and existing trails and related environments for forest bathing/forest therapy.