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  • Dr. Sarah L. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire in the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Smith is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years experience practicing in school and outpatient settings. Her teaching and research is rooted in her work with children and families and the need to provide services that not only support individual children but services that also prioritize family engagement in everyday meaningful family activities which can become lost in the centralization of services around the child.

    Dr. Smith is the director of the UNH Healthy Families Research Program. Dr. Smith examines the specific factors and processes that promote strong family health, as well as the relationship between everyday family activities and family health in order to ultimately inform effective family health interventions. Promoting family engagement in everyday routines and activities toward strong family health and wellness is the heart of the Healthy Families Research Program.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Journey Interrupted: A Phenomenological Exploration of MiscarriageOpen Journal of Occupational Therapy.  6. 2018
    2018 A systematic review of sound-based intervention programs to improve participation in education for children with sensory processing and integration challengesJournal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention.  11:172-191. 2018
    2017 Exploring families' experiences of health: contributions to a model of family health.Psychology, Health and Medicine.  22:1239-1247. 2017
    The family meal model: Influences on family mealtime participation.OTJR Occupation, Participation and Health Occupational Therapy Journal of Research

    Other Research Activities

    Teaching Activities

  • Occupatn, Identity, Disability Taught course 2019
  • Research Methods Taught course 2019
  • Engagement in Research Taught course 2018
  • OT Practice Professional Roles Taught course 2018
  • Occupatn, Identity, Disability Taught course 2018
  • Research Methods Taught course 2018
  • OT Eval&Intervention Child Lab Taught course 2017
  • OT Eval&Intervention Child Rec Taught course 2017
  • OT Eval&Intervention Child Rec Taught course 2017
  • OT Practice Professional Roles Taught course 2017
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
  • D.Sc. Rehabilitation Science, University of Oklahoma
  • Full Name

  • Sarah Smith
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Occupational Therapy

    Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way