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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Brian J. Higginbotham

Ph.D., Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

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
  • Lyndy Agee (M.S. 2009)
  • JaNae Gittins (M.S. 2008)
  • Julie Miller (M.S. 2007)

Misc. Extension Programs

  • Dr. Brian Higginbotham
  • 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)

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.

**Vaterlaus, J. M., & Higginbotham, B. J. (2011, Spring). Qualitative program evaluation methods. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues [on-line], 16(1). http://www.ncsu.edu/ffci/publications/2011/v16-n1-2011-spring/vaterlaus-higginbotham.php

Bradford, K., Skogrand, L., & Higginbotham, B. J. (2011). Intimate partner violence in a state-wide couple and relationship education initiative. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10, 169-184.

Higginbotham, B., **MacArthur, S., & Dart, P. C. (2010). Youth and Families with Promise: Adult engagement and the development of youth strengths. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 38, 229-243.

Higginbotham, B., & **Myler, C. (2010). The influence of facilitator and facilitation characteristics on participants’ ratings of stepfamily education. Family Relations, 59, 74-86.

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
Youth and Families with Promise

Research Interests

My research primarily centers on the development and enhancement of healthy family relationships. Additionally, I evaluate a mentoring program for at-risk youth and their families. 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.