Welcome to the UNH Healthy Families Research Program.  


The Healthy Families Research Program, directed by Dr. Sarah Smith, is located at the University of New Hampshire Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health and Human Services.    The purpose of the Healthy Families Research Program is to support families’ everyday health and wellness through research and community support.  Please browse this website to learn more about the program.  

2020 Highlights!

-The Healthy Families Flourish Program is in full swing!  Our program is a free 10-session parent coaching intervention program to support families of children with special health care needs and families can begin the program at any time. This program involves weekly 1 hour virtual coaching sessions via Zoom facilitated by Dr. Smith, a pediatric OT for over 20 years and assistant professor at UNH.  Topics include the family health journey, family balance, connection, communication among others.  Your family's individualized family goals drive your weekly sessions. If you are interested in inquiring or participating, please contact Dr. Smith at s.smith@unh.edu or via phone at 603.862.2463. 

-Watch occupational therapy undergraduate student researcher Elizabeth Preble's video poster presentation she created for the 2020 UNH Undergraduate Research Conference! Elizabeth researched the experiences of caregivers when their child with a cognitive disability exited the K-12 educational system.  

-Listen to this podcast from the American Occupational Therapy Association's Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section community of practice about a study Dr. Smith coauthored regarding women's experiences of miscarriage and navigating the journey toward motherhood.