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Brian Higginbotham

Brian Higginbotham, PhD

Professor, Associate Vice President for Extension

  •   FCHDW 105
  •   AGRS 429
  •   435-797-7276
  •   By Appointment Only

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Brian Higginbotham is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. He is currently serving as the Associate Vice President for Utah State University Extension, which delivers research-based programs throughout Utah regarding family-life, youth development, agriculture, community and economic development, and natural resources ( ). Since 2005, he has been USU’s family-life Extension specialist and directs one of the largest research-based relationship education initiatives in the country with programs for those who are single, dating, married, remarried, and divorced.  Current funding also supports Fatherhood programming.  Dr. Higginbotham received his Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies and a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Auburn University.


  • PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, 2005
  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Auburn University, 2002
  • BS in Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2000

Research Interests

My research primarily centers on the implementation of family life education programs. Our family life education programs include services for teens; dating, pre-marital and married couples; fathers, stepfamilies, and individuals going through divorce. I study the processes and outcomes related to these programs.