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Faculty Name

Brian J. Higginbotham, PhD

Professor and Associate Vice President for Extension


  FCHDW 105

  By Appointment Only


Dr. Brian Higginbotham is a Professor in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University. He is currently serving as the Associate Vice President for Utah State University Extension, which delivers research-based programs throughout Utah regarding family-life, youth development, agriculture, community and economic development, and natural resources ( Since 2005, he has been USU’s family-life Extension specialist and has directed one of the largest research-based relationship education initiatives in the county with programs for those who are single, dating, married, remarried, and divorced. Dr. Higginbotham received his Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies and a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Auburn University.

Research Projects

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Step Family Education

  • Students
  • Katie Reck (PhD, 2013)    
  • Heather Sparks (MS, 2010)  
  • Mitch Vaterlaus (MS, 2009)  


  • Students
  • Marcie Campbell (PhD, 2011)    
  • Lyndy Agee (MS, 2009)    
  • JaNae Gittins (MS, 2008)    
  • Julie Miller (MS, 2007)    

Misc. Extension Programs

  • Students
  • Wade Stewart (PhD, 2015)  
  • Collin Perryman (MFHD, 2013)
  • Stacey Huffaker (MS, 2011)  


PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, 2005

MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Auburn University, 2002

BS in Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2000

Research Interests

My research primarily centers on the implementation of family life education programs. Our family life education programs include services for teens; dating, pre-marital and married couples; fathers, stepfamilies, and individuals going through divorce. I study the processes and outcomes related to these programs.