Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Cara Carr & Val Chappell
Finding the right P.A.T.H.: An in depth examination of a spinal cord injury
community based recreation program
The idea behind Cara and Val's project stemmed from their internship experience
with Northeast Passage. During this internship both students observed the implementation
of PATH, an innovative community based health promotion program designed by Jill Gravink M.S.
And Dr. Janet Sable. Cara and Val's research study attempted to understand the critical family
issues facing individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI), an understanding of the issues that
individuals with an SCI and their families face as they attempt to adapt to life post injury as
well as the role that a community health promotion program (Project P.A.T.H.) played in this
transition. The results of the study contained some interesting insights that a community
therapeutic recreation program has in the lives of those who have recently experienced a SCI.
Val and Cara gained confidence in their professional intake interviewing skills and gained a
greater understanding of professional practices. Furthermore, the research experience opened up
opportunities for them after they graduated. Shortly after graduation, Val was interviewed for a
job coordinating the special education curriculum at Milford Elementary School. During her
interview, the principal was impressed that Val had undertaken research as an
undergraduate and could talk about the process so eloquently.
Val and Cara presented the results of their study at the National Recreation and
Parks Association Conference in Tampa, Florida. A more comprehensive description of their
experiences can be found on the university's UROP page at www.unh.edu/faculty.
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