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David Schramm

David Schramm, PhD

Assistant Professor, Family Life Extension Specialist

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. David Schramm is an Assistant Professor and Family Life Extension Specialist in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University. He spent nine years as a Family Life Specialist at the University of Missouri. His research program has direct ties to his extension activities, which primarily focus on developing, delivering and evaluating family life education programs. His work centers on promoting happy and healthy relationships, including romantic and marital relationships, parent-child relationships, and coparenting relationships for separated or divorced parents. He is working with a team of colleagues and students on a federally-funded fatherhood grant, where he assists with professional development, recruitment, and best practices in developing and delivering family life education. He is also working with colleagues on a relational-connectivity theory of well-being, which has implications for relationship and marriage education.


  • PhD Human Development and Family Studies, August 2007, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • MS Family and Human Development, August 2003, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • BS Marriage, Family, and Human Development, August 2001, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Research Interests

I am in the process of developing a curriculum that focuses on personal well-being, incorporating findings from positive psychology, neuroscience, health and mindfulness. I am also working on a relationship and marriage education program that encourages increasing positivity and connection. I have developed a 4-hour parent-education training for professionals who work with parents, called Strong Parents, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families. I expanded this curriculum to an 8-hour training for parents. Both trainings center on the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors. I am eager to work with students who share my interest in strengthening couple and family relationships and promoting strengths and personal well-being.