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Faculty Name


Linda Skogrand, PhD

Professor, Extension Specialist


  FCHD West 104

  By Appointment Only



Dr. Linda Skogrand is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development. Her major area of research is diversity and she teaches a graduate level course entitled "Conducting Research and Creating Programming with Culturally Diverse Audiences." Her research has focused on how strong couple relationships differ among various cultural groups. She has studied Latino, Navajo, and African American couples. She also has published several articles on the benefits of participating in relationship education programming. She has also spent time with a colleague in Alaska, bringing 4-H to Alaska Native villages in culturally appropriate ways. Dr. Skogrand is currently a Co-PI on $1.6 million/year in grants. She is a co-author of one of the leading marriage and family textbooks (which is used by our department), entitled Marriages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths by Olson, DeFrain, and Skogrand. When not working Dr. Skogrand loves spending time in her second home in Castle Valley, Utah (near Moab), where she enjoys hiking, jeeping, and watching the sun go down.


PhD, University of Minnesota (Family Education), 1989

MS, University of Nebraska (Human Development and the Family), 1976

BS, University of Minnesota (Social Work), 1968

Research Interests

I am a qualitative researcher and have collected and transcribed interviews with Latino and African American couples who have strong marriages. I also have questionnaire data from European American couples who have strong marriages. This data might be used for thesis projects.