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Specialist Joins UNH Cooperative Extension's Family Team

By Holly Young, Cooperative Extension
October 24, 2007

Dr. Malcolm Smith, a nationally-recognized expert on youth anger and violence, is the new family education and policy specialist/associate professor with UNH Cooperative Extension.

In this position, Smith will provide expertise and research support to Extension staff in all 10 New Hampshire counties and will share a joint assignment as a faculty member of the UNH department of Family Studies.

Smith joins UNH from Kansas, where he was a faculty member at Washburn University, a former director of the Karl Menninger National Youth Care Training Center, a former teacher at the Menninger Clinic, and the former CEO of a national training and consulting firm.

He is the author of “The Peaceful Intervention Program,” an anger management curriculum currently being used by more than 300 schools and youth services programs. He is also the creator of the Realistic Parenting Program, an award-winning parent education program that has been widely distributed.

In addition, Smith has served as a consultant to the U.S. Army, the U.S. National Guard, the Kentucky Center for School Safety, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as service programs and school districts in more than 40 states.

Smith’s research interests include anger management among emotionally troubled and incarcerated youth, stages of development in family life, the effective parenting of teenagers, positive child discipline, and attachment issues among older children.

He will assist UNH Cooperative Extension in creating new research-driven educational programs that will help New Hampshire families better cope with a rapidly changing and increasingly complicated and stressful environment in which to raise children.

Smith has authored a popular parenting column and been a frequent guest on television and radio shows. His wife, Karen, joins him in New Hampshire while his son, Dylan, is a freshman at Kansas University and his daughter, Haley, is a labor and delivery nurse in Western Kansas.

Smith can be contacted at 2-7008 or by email at malcolm.smith@unh.edu.

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