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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Brian J. Higginbotham

Ph.D., Professor and Associate Vice President for Extension

Email: brian.h@usu.edu
Location: FCHDW 105
Office Phone: 797.7276

Research Projects

StepFamily Education

  • Dr. Brian Higginbotham
  • Mitch Vaterlaus (M.S., 2009)
  • Heather Sparks (M.S., 2010)


  • Dr. Brian Higginbotham
  • Marcie Campbell (Ph.D., 2011)
  • Lyndy Agee (M.S., 2009)
  • JaNae Gittins (M.S., 2008)
  • Julie Miller (M.S., 2007)

Misc. Extension Programs

  • Dr. Brian Higginbotham
  • Wade Stewart (Ph.D., 2015)
  • Stacey Huffaker (M.S., 2011)


Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies, 2005, Auburn University
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, 2002, Auburn University
B.S. Psychology, 2000, Brigham Young University

Selected Publications

(**graduate student co-author, *undergraduate student co-author)

Garneau, C., Higginbotham, B., Adler-Baeder, F. (2015). Remarriage beliefs as predictors of marital quality and positive interaction in stepcouples: An actor-partner interdependence model. Family Process.

Bradford, K. P., **Stewart, J. W., Higginbotham, B., Skogrand, L. M. (2015). The perceived relationship knowledge scale: An initial validation. Family Relations, 64(2), 305-318.

Bradford, K., Higginbotham, B. J., & Skogrand, L. (2014). Healthy relationship education: A statewide case study and outcome evaluation. Marriage and Family Review, 50, 93-106.

Higginbotham, B., & **Agee, L. (2013). Endorsement of remarriage beliefs, spousal consistency, and remarital adjustment. Marriage & Family Review, 49, 177-190.

**Reck, K., Higginbotham, B., Skogrand, L., & **Davis, P. (2012). Facilitating stepfamily education for Latinos. Marriage & Family Review, 48, 170-187.

Higginbotham, B., **Davis, P., **Smith, L., *Dansie, L., Skogrand, L., & **Reck, K. (2012). Stepfathers and stepfamily education. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53, 76-90.

Current Extension and Research Projects

Couple and Relationship Education
Teaching Healthy Marriage Skills to Ethnically Diverse, Low-Income Couples in Stepfamilies
Relationship Quality and Stability in Rural Newlywed Remarriages

Research Interests

My research primarily centers on the development and enhancement of healthy family relationships. I am particularly interested in factors influencing remarriage quality and stepfamily functioning. I am eager to work with students who have similar or related interest.