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Scot Allgood

Scot Allgood, PhD

Department Head, Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Scot M Allgood is a Professor and Department Head in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. He teaches an undergraduate course in family crisis and intervention and an assortment of marriage and family therapy graduate courses. Trained in his doctoral training at Brigham Young University and then practicing as a family therapist for 30 years, there are some documented skills in healthy relationships and when helping others to change. His current research focus includes: 1) rituals in marriage and family relationships (new marriages, adoptive families, and types of rituals associated with relationship quality), 2) family therapy/education interventions (expressive writing, booster sessions, divorce education), and 3) healthy relationships (father-daughter, spirituality, adoption). Outside of his work, Allgood does a weeklong backpacking trip every summer and enjoys spending time with his wife and pets (two dogs, three cats). With family and friends he enjoys seeing new country while cruising remote locations on his atv.


  • PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University, 1988
  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Montana State University, 1985
  • BS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Weber State University, 1983

Research Interests

My training and experience as a marriage and family therapist and researcher have provided a guide for most of my projects. I am particularly interested in the role of rituals as both an intervention and how they impact healthy families. Researchers have shown that rituals are an important part of healthy families and in providing treatment for a variety of problems. A review of the above theses show a number of interventions projects while other projects have been focused on better understanding the importance of rituals. This line of research has been supported by several projects to better understand healthy couple dynamics. In addition I have led a number of studies on interventions. This research has been focused on some very specific interventions as well as outcomes on programs.

As a family therapist I am interested in how change occurs, what facilitates change, and the role of the change agent/therapist. The literature on change indicates that it is often a multifaceted process that relies on the skills of the change agent, relationship between the family and change agent, and finally the actual intervention. There is clear evidence the process of change is different for families and couples than that of individuals. As a second generation family therapist I have skills and training in the early and current models of helping facilitate change. I am interested in working with students who are interested in therapy/education interventions for couples and families.