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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Linda Skogrand

Ph.D., Professor, Extension Specialist

Email: linda.skogrand@usu.edu
Location: FCHD West 104
Office Phone: 797-8183


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, Education (Emphasis on Family Education)
MS - University of Nebraska, Human Development and the Family
BS - University of Minnesota, Social Work

Work Experience

My professional experience includes social work and education in inner-city communities and college and university teaching and research. Although I grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota, most of my work experiences have been with diverse populations including people in prison, gang members, street kids, people from diverse cultures, and low-income populations. I have been at Utah State University for thirteen years and am most interested in providing academic research and knowledge to the population throughout the state of Utah.

Courses taught include: adult education; balancing work and family; HIV/AIDS education; adolescent development; child development; marriage and family; human sexuality; family resource management; cultural diversity; and family life education. Most recently I have been teaching a graduate level course about culturally diverse families.

Research Interests and Publications

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.