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Research and Innovation day is an annual CHHS event that provides an opportunity to celebrate the scholarly and innovation efforts of CHHS faculty, staff, and students. It takes place during the Health and Human Services Week and consists of a Keynote speaker; Distinguished CHHS Researcher presentation; and Scientific Poster Showcase. 

Research & Innovation Day

2020 Research and Innovoation Day will be rescheduled for a later date.

Distinguished Researcher Presentation: Unlocking Your Inner Nancy Drew: Lessons Learned During the Quest for Knowledge with Dr. Justine Reel - POSTPONED

Dr. Justine Reel, associate dean for research and innovation in CHHS and interim director for UNCW’s Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance Office, is best known for her work to promote positive body image and health. For this presentation, she will share insights gleaned about how to keep passions alive and how to navigate the challenges related to one’s researcher trajectory. Read Dr. Reel's bio.

Research Day Keynote Presentation: Health Care Innovation in VA and the Military with Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veteran Affairs - CANCELLED

Poster Showcase - CANCELLED


2019 Research & Innovation Day

View a video of the keynote, distinguished researcher presentation and innovation and entrepreneurship panel.  

Keynote: Research and Innovation: How the Two Can Coexist in a University Setting
Dr. David L. Wyrick, founding director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, associate professor of Public Health Education and faculty athletics representative at UNC Greensboro, presented his research and experiences on taking innovations to scale within a university setting. Wyrick’s training is in prevention science and research methods and he has focused his research on several areas critical to the health and wellbeing of high school and college students (athletes and non-athletes) such as substance abuse, sexual violence, mental health, sexual risk behaviors, sleep wellness and concussions. Wyrick guided us along his journey towards maximizing the public health impact of his research efforts. 

Distinguished Researcher Presentation: The Role of Leisure in Life Transitions: The Thread that Ties it all Together
Dr. Candace Ashton-Forrester, professor and coordinator of the Recreation Therapy Program at the UNCW School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, presented her research on the role of leisure, recreation and play in life transitions. Spanning the past 30 years, her research has included young adults on the autism spectrum transitioning out of high school; older women transitioning into retirement; adults waiting for a heart transplant; adults after gastric bypass surgery; and adults learning to live with a disability.

Research and Innovation Scientific Poster Showcase
Abstracts by CHHS faculty, students, as well as community health care professionals were offered about their health and human services related research, evidence-based quality improvement projects, literature reviews, conceptual work and innovative projects. Topics included adaptive sports, diabetes, online gaming addiction, antimicrobial drug discovery and more!

Panel: Venturing into Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health and Human Services
Vicky Janowski, editor of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WILMA moderated a panel discussion about how faculty in the health and human services field can also participate in innovation and entrepreneurship. Panelists were David Wyrick, founder and president of Prevention Strategies, LLC and associate professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Diane Durance, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Sara Rose, CEO of Dmanna, a company focused on urinary tract infection prevention, and UNCW graduate and Chris Hillier, executive director of Innovation Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

2019 Research and Innovation Day