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Dean Busby

2086B JFSB
(801) 422-8529



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

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Jason Carroll

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.
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Sarah Coyne

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.
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Jeff Dew

2101 JFSB
(801) 422-6415



Research Interests: Family resources (money and time) and relationship outcomes; Parenting; Positive Relationship Behavior

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David Dollahite

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

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Thomas Draper

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.
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Stephen Duncan

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.
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Craig Hart

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.
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Alan Hawkins

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.
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E. Jeffrey Hill

2052 JFSB
(801) 422-9091

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.
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Erin Holmes

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).

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Spencer James

2061 JFSB
(801) 422-6682

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

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.
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Research Interests: Healthy sexual relationships, midlife development, and mindfulness; Cross cultural similarities and differences in relational and sexual quality

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Loren Marks

2092C JFSB
(801) 422-0370

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

2075 JFSB
(801) 422-2860

Research Interests: Dr. Miller’s research interest include: marital relationships over the life course, multi-cultural families, marriage and health and aging families.
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David Nelson

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.
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Larry Nelson

2091 JFSB
(801) 422-6711

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.
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Chris Porter

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).

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Peter Reschke

2087 JFSB
(801) 422-3949


Research Interests: Infant social cognition and emotion understanding, emotion perception across the lifespan, social referencing.

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Adam A. Rogers

2089 JFSB
(801) 422-7095


Research Interests: Family dynamics underlying adolescents' mental/behavioral health; gender development across adolescence; longitudinal methodology


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Laura Walker

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.
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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 InstituteRELATE 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.

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Jeremy Yorgason

2067 JFSB
(801) 422-8335

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.