Faculty Research

Shayne Anderson

Associate Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy
2073 JFSB
(801) 422-6416

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Lauren Barnes

Assistant Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy
247 TLRB
(801) 422-3889

Research Interests: Cultural, familial, and other systematic influences on body image and eating disorders, women’s issues such as body image, eating disorders, reproductive issues and relationship struggles.

Dawna Baugh

Assistant Professor
Family Studies
2059 JFSB
(801) 422-7175

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Roy Bean

Graduate Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapy
2073 JFSB
(801) 422-2349

Research Interests: Parent-adolescent relationships in ethnically diverse families, cultural competence with Latino Families in therapy, cultural competence with African American Families in therapy.

Angela Bradford

Assistant Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy
239 TLRB
(801) 422-1575

Research Interests: Effectiveness and moderators of change in couple interactions; mechanisms of change in intervention; emotional regulation in couple therapy.

Dean Busby

Marriage, Family, and Human Development
2086B JFSB
(801) 422-2349

Research Interests: Dr. Busby’s research interests include: dating and early marriage relationships, couple conflict, sexuality, and cross-cultural couple research.

Mark Butler

Marriage and Family Therapy
2073 JFSB
(801) 422-8766

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Jason Carroll

Family Studies
2057 JFSB
(801) 422-7529

Research Interests: Dr. Carroll's scholarship focuses healthy sexuality, marriage readiness among young adults, the effectiveness of marriage education, and modern threats to marriage (such as pornography, delayed age at marriage, materialism, premarital sexuality, and non-marital childbirth). Dr. Carroll’s work has been featured in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Psychology Today Magazine, National Public Radio, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and other popular media and news outlets. In 2014, Dr. Carroll received the Berscheid-Hatfield Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Achievement, a biennial award given for distinguished scientific achievement by the International Association for Relationship Research.

Sarah Coyne

Graduate Coordinator-MFHD
Associate Professor
Human Development
2087 JFSB
(801) 422-6949

Research Interests: Dr. Coyne’s research interests include media violence, relational aggression, adolescence, effects of new media, and the ways families use media in positive ways.

Russ Crane

Marriage and Family Therapy
257 TLRB
(801) 422-5623
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Research Interests: Medical Family Therapy, families and health, international developments in family therapy, international collaborations on assessment research for the “Systemic Clinical Outcome and Routine Evaluation (SCORE-15) Assessment for Family Functioning and Change” developed in the United Kingdom, it is available in 15 languages and is being used or developed in about 13 different countries including Europe and in China. This research is the first implementation of this instrument in the United States. The cost effectiveness of the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy.

David Dollahite

Family Studies
2092B JFSB
(801) 422-4179

Research Interests: Dr. Dollahite's research interests include religion and family life in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim families. He is co-director, with Dr. Loren Marks, of the American Families of Faith project through which they have interviewed 200 American couples and families of various Abrahamic faiths (including 80 adolescents). Information about the project can be found at http://AmericanFamiliesofFaith.byu.edu.

Thomas Draper

Human Development
2102B JFSB
(801) 422-4438

Research Interests: Dr. Draper’s scholarship focuses on dyadic and longitudinal variables and methodological issues in Human Development and Family Studies.

Stephen Duncan

Family Studies
2077 JFSB
(801) 422-1796

Research Interests: Dr. Duncan’s scholarship focuses on marriage preparation and marriage enhancement; effectiveness of traditional and self-directed marriage and family relations education; family life education program development, implementation, evaluation; and professional training and improving the practice of family life education.

Chad Gibbs

Associate Professor
Family and Consumer Science
2056 JFSB
(801) 422-3820

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Jim Harper

Marriage and Family Therapy
273 TLRB
(801) 422-6509

Research Interests: Marital and family process, shame and family process, aging marriages and family relationships, assessing family rules, therapy process research.

Craig Hart

Human Development
2102D JFSB
(801) 422-5939

Research Interests: Dr. Hart’s scholarship focuses on linkage among family processes., parenting practices, and children’s social development, and developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education.

Alan Hawkins

Family Studies
2092D JFSB
(801) 422-7088

Research Interests: Dr. Hawkins’ research focuses on educational interventions and public policies to prevent unnecessary divorce and help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships.

Jeff Hill

Family Studies
2052 JFSB
(801) 422-0991

Research Interests: Dr. Hill’s research interests include: work and family harmony; influence of flexible work arrangements (telecommuting, flex-time, part-time work, job sharing, etc.) on work and family outcomes; and family finance.

Erin Holmes

Associate Director SFL
Family Studies
2086D JFSB
(801) 422-5435

Research Interests: Dr. Holmes’ research focuses on a systemic ecological approach to fathering and mothering including processes inside families that influence parents (such as marital relationships, remarriage, coparenting, or parental wellbeing), and processes outside of families that influence parents (such as employment).

Spencer James

Associate Professor
Family Studies
2061 JFSB
(801) 422-6682

Research Interests: Relationship quality, dissolution, and formation, as well as social demography.

Alex Jensen

Assistant Professor
Human Development
2067 JFSB
(801) 422-8335

Research Interests: Direct and indirect sibling influences on adolescents' and young adults' development, including sibling modeling and deidentification, differential treatment and parental favoritism.

Lee Johnson

Associate Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy
2055 JFSB
(801) 422-4537

Research Interests: Examining the relationship between physical exercise, improves sleep, and reduced stress on marital and family therapy outcomes; emotional regulation process in clinical couples and families; and the therapy alliance.

Jeffry Larson

Marriage and Family Therapy
274 TLRB
(801) 422-2344

Research Interests: Preparation for marriage, premarital predictors of marital satisfaction, couple interaction patterns and assessment.

Chien-Ti Lee

Assistant Professor
Human Development
2083 JFSB
(801) 422-4405

Research Interests: Cross-cultural adolescent psychosocial development, Adolescent substance abuse.

Loren Marks

Family Studies
2092C JFSB
(801) 422-0370

Research Interests: The American Families of Faith Project and strong Black families.

Rick Miller

Family Studies
2075 JFSB
(801) 422-2860

Research Interests: Marital relationships over the life course, aging families, multi-cultural families.

Christine Moore

Family and Consumer Sciences
2060 JFSB
(801) 422-7171

Research Interests: Dr. Moore has taught FACS in the public school setting for 30 years. As a retired classroom teacher, her experience provides students with practical application of best practice research in her HFL 377 and 378 methods courses. She is an award-winning teacher and curriculum writer.

David Nelson

Human Development
2102C JFSB
(801) 422-3016

Research Interests: Dr. Nelson has a social development focus that encompasses the following themes: subtypes of childhood aggression, victimization, and prosocial behavior (including gender differences); contributions of humor to social status; correlates of sociometric status; cross-cultural similarities and differences in family environment and children's social development; social cognition (social information-processing patterns and biases) and origins of such; and other potential contributors to childhood aggression such as media violence.

Larry Nelson

Human Development
2091 JFSB
(801) 422-5806

Research Interests: Dr. Nelson has two major areas of research interest. First, he studies factors (e.g., parenting, culture, self-perceptions) related to children's social development with an emphasis in shy and withdrawn behaviors in early childhood. Second, his scholarship focuses on the period of life known as emerging adulthood (18-25 years) and the factors that influence the transition to adulthood such as identity, social competence, culture/religion, personal beliefs, and family relationships.

Chris Porter

Associate Professor
Human Development
2093 JFSB
(801) 422-5806

Research Interests: Dr. Porter’s research interests include the socialization of behavioral and psychophysiological components of young children's individual characteristics (temperament, emotionality) with particular interest on linkages to individual differences in emerging neural control on children's heart rate variability (i.e., cardiac vagal tone). Additional interests include familial and individual factors influencing the formation of early childhood attachment systems and familial and individual factors influencing the transition to parenting and the emergence of parenting belief systems (self-efficacy).

Clyde Robinson

Associate Professor
Human Development
2097 JFSB
(801) 422-4065

Research Interests: Dr. Robinson’s Research Interests include: cross-cultural parenting styles and dimensions; and young children’s socialization processes and outcomes.

Susanne Olsen Roper

Associate Professor
Human Development
2089 JFSB
(801) 422-2058

Research Interests: Dr Roper’s Research interests include: Families of children with chronic conditions and disabilities, and parenting and children’s social development.

Jonathan Sandberg

Graduate Coordinator-MFT
Marriage and Family Therapy
266 TLRB
(801) 422-6512

Research Interests: Couples and health; medical family therapy; MFT outcome process, and emotionally focused couples therapy.

Laura Walker

Assicate Director SFL
Human Development
2086C JFSB
(801) 422-9053

Research Interests: Dr. Walker's research interests include prosocial and moral development, as well as socialization influences (parents, siblings, media) and their role in positive development during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Brian Willoughby

Assistant Professor
Family Studies
2081 JFSB
(801) 422-3915

Research Interests: Dr. Willoughby’s research generally focuses on how adolescents, young adults, and adults move toward and form long-term committed relationships, focusing on young adult development, couples dynamics, marriage, cohabitation, marital beliefs, and sexuality. Dr. Willoughby is also currently the Director of the RELATE Institute. RELATE Institute is a non-profit organization with the specific tasks of developing research and outreach tools that can be used directly with the public and that can be used to gather information about relationships.

Jeremy Yorgason

Associate Professor
Family Studies
2079 TLRB
(801) 422-3515

Research Interests: Dr. Yorgason’s scholarship focuses mainly on family gerontology, health and marriage, grandparent/grandchild relationships, later life mental health, and longitudinal and dyadic data analysis. He has also done some research in clinical areas include college student mental health, family therapy with older adults, and in-home family therapy.