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Welcome To SMART Couples!

You will be exploring and applying some of the best of what we know from the last 30-years of research to help you strengthen your relationships, and you’ll have a great time doing it!

What Is SMART Couples?

SMART Couples is a five-year (2015-2020), five million dollar federal grant project under the direction of Dr. Victor Harris in the University of Florida’s Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. The project’s goal is to strengthen marriages, relationships, and families among Florida residents across ethnicities and income levels.

What Does SMART Couples Do?

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  • Relationship Workshops

    SMART Couples is conducting FUN and FREE relationship-strengthening classes that help teens, couples, parents, and stepfamilies learn simple and effective skills to build happy, successful, and life-long relationships. These classes are available in five strategically selected Florida counties: Alachua, Duval, Palm Beach County and Santa Rosa.

    Invest in your relationship today!

  • Relationship Articles

    Relationships can be beautiful, frustrating, amazing, annoying, and everything in between. A strong relationship takes work, and it can be challenging knowing how to handle any given situation. Perhaps you’re dealing with communication issues. Maybe you need to sort through some major life challenges, such as finances, home responsibilities, and childrearing. Or you just want some fun ideas for date night. Our research-based, expert-authored articles cover topics like these and more.

    Where are you in your relationship?

  • Relationship Resources

    Looking for more on relationships, marriage, couples, and youth? You’ve come to the right place. On this site, you’ll find information on free and low-cost curricula, more great articles and information on relationships and family, a list of links to quality websites, academic articles on relationships, and helpful resources for providers and professionals.

    Dive into our resources and learn more!

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Strengthening Marriages and Relationship Training (SMART) Florida grant or the SMART Couples website, please contact Dr. Victor Harris, SMART Project Coordinator, at 352-273-3523 or

Program services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.

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