Substance Abuse Prevention Program
UO Academic Extension

Sara Rich

Sara Rich is a family therapist in private practice and affiliate associate professor in the UO Substance Abuse Prevention Program. She is also an expert consultant in Lane County for parent child interaction, co-parent coordination and supervised visitation. Rich has had more than 20 years of experience in teaching and working with families and children in the area of child welfare supporting the best outcome for children's futures.

As a past human rights commissioner for the City of Eugene, she has been involved in local government policy and program development supporting human rights and cultural diversity. She worked on such social issues as homelessness, transgender rights, and exposing and educating the public around hate crime occurrences. In addition, she has traveled through the US speaking out against military sexual violence and increasing awareness on this subject.


Rich received her BA in theater arts from the UO and her MSW from Portland State University.

Rich and her husband enjoy their blended family with eight children and12 grandchildren. She is on the management team of the Oregon Country Fair and volunteers all year for their nonprofit organization. She is a trained doula and enjoys supporting healthy, safe births.