Barbara White

Barbara White

Barbara Prudhomme White received her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and after practicing for a number of years in pediatric settings in California and Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota, where she received a PhD in developmental/educational psychology from the Institute of Child Development. In 1998, Dr. White returned to UNH as a faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. White's research interests are in stress and its relations to health, and optimal, meaningful engagement in activities and occupations in children and adults. Research projects include a stress management program in pregnant women, stress responses in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and relations among perceived stress, health and occupational repertoires in both adults and children. Dr. White is also interested in issues of stimulant medication abuse, and disorders of attention in children and adults. Dr. White teaches a popular course on stress physiology and management, Stressed Out: The Nature of Human Stress which embraces the spirit of Discovery at UNH. She was the recipient of the College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award in 2007-2008. Her passions include teaching students, helping students identify their research loves, and skiing. She actively kick boxes, hikes mountains, rides her bike, and tries each day to live a fulfilled and stress-managed life.

 

University Dialogue contribution: Perspectives about Occupational Justice: Can Poverty and Occupational Deprivation Influence Child Development?