Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, DSc, OTR/L, is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She began working at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2017, with research and teaching focused on occupational therapy for children with special health care needs and their families. She is passionate about undergraduate research because it allows students to learn in a way that the typical classroom setting can’t provide. She enjoys mentoring students because their curiosity and dedication are energizing. Carli became Dr. Smith’s research mentee when she came to Dr. Smith with an interest in UNH’s Healthy Families Research Program, and together they decided to launch a study on telehealth to support families of children with autism. Although this project was not originally designed to alleviate family stresses specifically caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the parent-coaching approach was a perfect match for helping families readjust their everyday activities to the constraints of the pandemic. Carli is the first of Dr. Smith’s research mentees to write for Inquiry. Dr. Smith notes that writing for a broad audience, like Inquiry’s, helps students improve their knowledge translation skills, which are imperative for any occupational therapy professional.